U.S. official says no U.S. talks with Taliban in Qatar

The Taliban opened an office in Qatar in June 2013 as the first move towards a possible peace deal, but it shut.

U.S. official says no U.S. talks with Taliban in Qatar

World Bulletin / News Desk

There have been several fruitless attempts at dialogue in recent years between the Taliban and the United States, the Kabul government's chief supporter, aimed at ending the 13-year conflict in Afghanistan.

 AFP repoted that; Taliban representatives are to meet US officials in Qatar for possible peace talks on Afghanistan, sources from the militant group told AFP on Thursday.

The Taliban opened an office in Qatar in June 2013 as the first move towards a possible peace deal, but it shut a month later after enraging the then-Afghan president Hamid Karzai by styling itself as an unofficial embassy for a government-in-exile.

Main Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed that the delegation is in Qatar and said he would give more details later.

A U.S. official said on Thursday the United States is not holding talks withAfghanistan's Taliban leaders in Qatar.

Sources in the Afghan Taliban said their negotiators would hold a first round of talks with U.S. officials on Thursday.

The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said reports of meetings were "not true." 

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