Talks between U.S. diplomats and Taliban begins

Kabul: Talks were held between U.S. diplomats and Taliban delegates on Monday in the United Arab Emirates. During the talks, ways to end the war in Afghanistan will be discussed.

Washington Post reported this with reference to a Taliban spokesman and Afghan government officials. Besides US diplomats and Taliban, Saudi, Pakistani and UAE officials were also participating in the meeting.

Though there was no official confirmation from the presidential palace in Kabul of whether any government official participated in the meeting, Afghanistan’s national security adviser, Hamdullah Mohib, however, said in a tweet that he met Sunday in the UAE with officials from the three countries and the United States.

Shah Hussain Murtazawi, a spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, said the U.S.-Taliban meeting was being coordinated with the Afghan government. He is quoted to have said, “The Afghan government supports any effort and action that paves the way for an Afghan-led peace process.” he added, “It is the Afghan government that signs and parliament that approves any peace agreement.”