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US official confirms meeting between CIA chief, Taliban leader

In this Tuesday, May 28, 2019 file photo, Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov, left, speaks to Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader, third left, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the Taliban's chief negotiator, third right, and other members of the Taliban delegation prior to their talks in Moscow, Russia.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
In this Tuesday, May 28, 2019 file photo, Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov, left, speaks to Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader, third left, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the Taliban's chief negotiator, third right, and other members of the Taliban delegation prior to their talks in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

A US official confirms that CIA Director William Burns visited Kabul on Monday to meet with the Taliban’s top political leader.

The official tells The Associated Press the meeting between Burns and Abdul Ghani Baradar came amid the ongoing evacuations at the Kabul airport.

The Washington Post first reported Burns’ meeting with Baradar. The US official confirms the report on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly.

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