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United States Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca, who arrived in Pakistan on Sunday, will hold talks with Afghanistan's ruling Taleban officials in Islamabad, the Online news agency reported.
The report said Rocca would meet Taleban envoy Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef and convey Washington's concern over the continued presence in Afghanistan of Saudi renegade Osama bin Laden, wanted by the US on charges of terrorism.
It will be the second diplomatic contact between the US and Taleban in less than two months.
Former US ambassador to Pakistan William B Milam had met Mullah Zaeef and warned him that the Taleban would be responsible if Osama's supporters attacked any American national.
The US and the Taleban have held a series of talks, but have failed to resolve any of their disputes, especially the one over Osama bin Laden, with the Taleban refusing to hand him over to Washington.
Rocca arrived in Lahore on Sunday by road through the Wagah border on a four-day visit to Pakistan, during which she will meet Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf and Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar.
She will discuss Afghanistan as well as Islamabad's relations with New Delhi. US sanctions against Pakistan will also figure in her discussions.
Indo-Asian News Service
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