Tal­iban says will con­tinue talks with US peace en­voy

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KABUL: Tal­iban lead­ers will con­tinue to meet for dis­cus­sions with the newly ap­pointed US spe­cial en­voy for peace ef­forts in Afghanistan, the Tal­iban said on Satur­day, a move that could ac­cel­er­ate diplo­matic en­gage­ment be­tween the war­ring sides.

Zal­may Khalilzad, an Afghan-born US diplo­mat, met with Tal­iban lead­ers in Qatar last Fri­day in an ef­fort to find a way to end the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan. “Both sides spoke (about) an end to the oc­cu­pa­tion and a peace­ful so­lu­tion to the Afghan is­sue... Both sides agreed to con­tinue meet­ing in the fu­ture,” Tal­iban spokesman Zabi­ul­lah Mu­jahid said in a state­ment. Khalilzad ar­rived in Kabul on Satur­day and briefed Afghan Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani about his 10-day tour of four coun­tries, which ended with the meet­ing with lead­ers of the hard­line group.

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