US To Begin Direct Peace Talks With Taliban ‘Within Days’


talibanSenior US officials said today that they will enter peace talks with the Taliban at a new office in Doha “within the coming days”, in what may be a significant step towards an end to the long-running war.

Senior US officials said on Tuesday that representatives will begin formal talks with the Taliban “within a few” days at a new office in Doha, Qatar.

The Afghan Taliban opened the office to help restart talks on ending the 12-year-old war, saying it wanted a political solution that would bring about a just government and end foreign occupation.

Senior Barack Obama administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record, described the office opening to AP as a stepping stone to full Taliban renouncement of al Qaeda.

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