U-S civil rights activist Jesse Jackson says Afghanistan's Taleban rulers have invited him to Pakistan for talks.
The civil rights leader said late Wednesday that he received the invitation from the Taleban's ambassador to Pakistan. He says he has not decided whether he will accept.
Mr. Jackson says that if he did go, he would ask the Taleban to hand over Osama bin Laden in the interests of averting a war. Mr. bin Laden is the United States' prime suspect in the deadly terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington.
Mr. Jackson said he would also work to free eight foreign aid workers detained by the Taleban on the charge of promoting Christianity. The civil rights leader has undertaken several missions to win the release of American hostages overseas. In 1999, he secured the release of three U-S soldiers captured by Serbian troops in Yugoslavia.
Mr. Jackson says he had contacted the White House about the offer. A spokesman for President Bush (Ari Fleischer) reiterated the president's statement that he will not engage in any negotiations or discussions with the Taleban.