KABUL (AFP) - Former Taliban leaders said Wednesday they shared a meal with President Hamid Karzai's brother and other government officials in Saudi Arabia last month but stressed the meeting did not amount to peace talks. The disclosure came after media reports citing various officials that Afghan government leaders met Taliban insurgents in Mecca last month for negotiations to end a rebel insurgency crippling Afghanistan. Former Taliban ambassador to Islamabad, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, told AFP he had attended the dinner but denied any negotiations had taken place. "The recent flood of media reports about talks between Taliban and the Karzai administration in Saudi are all and totally baseless and untrue," said Zaeef, a one-time close aide to fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. "As far as I'm aware such talks have not taken place nor have I represented anyone in those talks as it has been reported," he said. Zaeef confirmed however that among those at the dinner was the president's elder brother, Qayoum Karzai, a parliamentarian and businessman who divides his time between Afghanistan and the United States. "That was a routine dinner hosted by the Saudi king," he said, adding that 15 Afghans were present, about half a dozen them former Taliban.