Kabul, Tale­ban hold se­cret talks in Qatar

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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