Fri, Oct

CIA Director Meets With Taliban Leader In Kabul

Middle East & Asia News

The Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), William Burns held a meeting with top Taliban leader, Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul, making it the highest official meeting between President Joe Biden’s administration and the new Afghanistan rulers.

According to Reuters, Burns and Baradar discussed the August 31 deadline the Talibans gave for the withdrawal of U.S military from Afghanistan.

However, Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid said the group has not agreed to an extension on the deadline and reiterated that the group wants all foreign evacuations to be concluded by August 31.

The US has been evacuating its citizens and allies ahead of the deadline.

Speaking on the Afghanistan development, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has said that Moscow will not be interfering in the affairs of Afghanistan.

“We’re not going to meddle in Afghanistan’s domestic affairs or involve our military in a conflict where everyone is against each other,” Putin said at a gathering of officials from the ruling United Russia party. “The Soviet Union had its own experience in this country. We have learned the lessons we needed,” he said.