Tal­iban con­firm meet­ing with US en­voy in Qatar

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World -

A Tal­iban del­e­ga­tion has met with US en­voy Zal­may Khalilzad in Qatar to dis­cuss end­ing the Afghan con­flict, the mil­i­tant group said Satur­day, in the first of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion of talks be­tween the two sides.

The land­mark meet­ing was held as Khalilzad seeks to co­or­di­nate ef­forts with re­gional coun­tries, in­clud­ing Pak­istan and Saudi Ara­bia, to bring the Tal­iban to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble.

The meet­ing with Khalilzad and other Amer­i­can of­fi­cials took place in Doha on Fri­day, Tal­iban spokesman Zabi­hul­lah Mu­jahid said in a state­ment sent to jour­nal­ists.

The Tal­iban had re­port­edly met with US of­fi­cials in July af­ter an un­prece­dented cease­fire in June, which fu­elled hopes that talks could bring an end to fight­ing af­ter 17 years. AFP


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