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Former Afghan king meets with Vatican officials on eve of talks

A Vatican delegation met with former Afghan King Mohammad Zaher Shah on the eve of talks to determine the war-torn country's political future.

Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, secretary for relations with states, and Archbishop Paolo Romeo, nuncio to Italy, met with the former king on Monday at his residence in Rome, where he has lived in exile since 1973.

In a statement, the Vatican said church officials discussed "the need for a negotiated peace and international solidarity for the reconstruction of the country, convinced that weapons alone cannot bring peace and security."