Kabul, Taleban hold secret talks in Qatar
KABUL: The Taleban and senior Afghan government officials have held two secret meetings since September in Qatar in a bid to restart long-stalled peace negotiations, sources said yesterday. An official in the National Unity Government in Kabul told AFP that the two rounds of discussions took place in Doha, where the Taleban maintain a political office. Britain’s The Guardian newspaper said the talks were attended by Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund, brother of Taleban founder and longtime leader Mullah Omar, who died in 2013. A senior American diplomat was also present in the Qatar meetings, the newspaper said citing a Taleban official.