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  • Qiyamuddin Kashaaf, a spokesman for the High Peace Council, discusses the peace process in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday. The Afghan government's newly formed peace council wants Saudi Arabia to play a key role in efforts to reconcile with the Taliban and find a political resolution to the war, Mr. Kashaaf said. (Associated Press)

    Taliban leaders in talks lack 'influence'

    The Afghan government's reconciliation effort with the Taliban is being hamstrung by a lack of participants who wield clout within the militant group and a "peace council" viewed by many Afghans as more eager to maintain the status quo.

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