Zalmay Khalilzad, a top American diplomat appointed recently to find a way to end the Afghan war, led the USA team at the talks with six Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, on Friday. The Taliban said in a statement that the meeting took place in Doha on Friday.
The U.S. last month appointed Afghan-born Khalilzad as its special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation.
USA officials in Kabul were not immediately available for a comment on Khalilzad's visit.
Washington has neither confirmed nor denied the Qatar meeting, which came amid a renewed push by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table for peace talks with the Afghan government. "The representatives of the Islamic Emirate (Taliban) called the presence of foreign troops as the main hindrance for solution of the problems and for restoration of genuine peace", Mujahid said.
"It was an introductory meeting in which an eight-member US delegation held a detailed meeting with members of our political office", said a senior Taliban member.
"The United States shares the aspirations of all Afghans for a peaceful Afghanistan where all Afghans see themselves included".
The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said Ambassador Khalilzad presented a report regarding his recent trips to the regional countries and emphasized that the United States is prepared for an all-out support to an Afghan-led peace process and efforts are underway in this regard. "All citizens of Afghanistan must be a part of this reconciliation process", Khalilzad said, according to the embassy statement at the end of his four-nation tour.Читайте также: 3D Photos rolling out on Facebook and in VR
He said Khalilzad's meeting, set for last month, was delayed because USA officials had insisted that President Ghani's government be represented in the talks and the issue of occupation removed from the agenda - conditions that were opposed by the Taliban.
Continued fighting has raised questions about the viability of the USA strategy to end the war, which for the past year has focused on forcing the militants to the negotiating table, largely via more air strikes.
The United States and the Taliban held a new round of direct talks this week in Qatar, where the two sides agreed to continue the dialogue process to promote a negotiated settlement to the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan.
They have ramped up attacks in strategic provinces and have also directed Afghans to boycott the parliamentary elections.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Afghan officials say at least five civilians were killed when in a bomb exploded during a wedding ceremony in eastern Logar province.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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