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'Mullah Omar could be part of Afghan future'


William Patey, who has just retired from his post as British ambassador in Kabul, tells Stephen Sackur that the Taliban leader Mullah Omar could be a key player in the future of the country - provided that he wants to talk.

He says that there are lots of precedents in Afghanistan for people like Mullah Omar to have respected positions as senior ex-leaders.

You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Wednesday 16 May at 03:30, 08:30, 15:30 and 20:30 GMT and on the BBC News Channel on Wednesday 16 May at 00:30 BST and on Thursday 17 May at 04:30 BST.

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