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Afghan Taliban meet US envoy in Qatar

Previously stalled talks over inclusion of Kabul government resume

21.01.2019
Afghan Taliban meet US envoy in Qatar

By Shadi Khan Saif

KABUL, Afghanistan

The Afghan Taliban said on Monday they have resumed talks with the U.S. envoy in Qatar.

In a short message, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed noted talks in Doha will continue on Tuesday.

"Following American acceptance of the agenda of ending invasion of Afghanistan and preventing Afghanistan from being used against other countries in the future, talks with American representatives took place today in Doha, the capital of Qatar," he said in a statement, referring to the previously stalled talks with U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzaad over the proposed inclusion of Kabul in the negotiated settlement of the 17-year war.

Last week, Khalilzad visited Kabul and then Islamabad to push for face-to-face talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban but the latter refused.

The Taliban carried out two deadly suicide car bombings in Afghanistan in the past two days killing scores of people.

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