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Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said there had been “positive” contact with the Taliban.

He told BBC World News that UNHCR has dealt with the Taliban at the provincial level and on the ground.

“I remember the interactions 25 years ago. If I compare those interactions with the ones happening now, yes, I’m cautiously optimistic, but I think we have to be very realistic,” he said.

“Certainly, the tone has changed. The context has changed,” he added.

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