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06/18/2013 12:57 pm ET Updated Aug 18, 2013

Taliban Reportedly Held Secret Talks In Norway Over Opening Office In Qatar, Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide Says

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OSLO, June 18 (Reuters) - Taliban officials held secret negotiations in Norway over the past several months that played a significant role in the opening of the Taliban's office in Qatar, foreign minister Espen Barth Eide told state broadcaster NRK on Wednesday.

The Afghan Taliban opened an office in Qatar on Tuesday to help restart talks on ending the 12-year-old war, saying it wanted a political solution that would bring about a just government and end foreign occupation. (Reporting by Balazs Koranyi; Editing by Michael Roddy)

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