President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has offered to provide security for the Taleban's reclusive leader, Mullah Omar, if he agrees to peace talks.
Mr Karzai made the offer despite the multi-million dollar bounty offered for the militant leader's capture by the United States.
He said that if the US and other Western countries disagreed, they could either leave the country or remove him.
There was no immediate response to Mr Karzai's offer from the militants.
Mullah Omar escaped capture when the Taleban were ousted from power in 2001.
Correspondents say there is a growing international debate about whether to negotiate with the Taleban as the insurgents make gains in Afghanistan.
Speaking at a news conference in the Afghan capital Kabul, Mr Karzai said:
"If I hear from him [Mullah Omar] that he is willing to come to Afghanistan or to negotiate for peace... I, a
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