'Turkey in talks to open Taliban office in Istanbul'
Aide close to Erdogan quoted as saying negotiations are underway; Afghan ex-minister in response: move "legalizes terrorist group."
ANKARA - Turkey is working to open a political office for the Taliban in Istanbul, a close aide to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday, the first explicit comments on the plan.
"It's being negotiated right now," Ibrahim Kalin told the Hurriyet daily, adding the office would be located in Turkey's largest city, Istanbul.
Turkey, which has hosted talks aimed at building trust between Pakistan and Afghanistan, has said before that it is open to the establishment of a diplomatic presence for the Taliban to help with talks to end the war in Afghanistan.
A Pakistani official, speaking during a visit by Pakistani President Asif Ali
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