US confirms meeting with Taliban in Qatar

The United States confirmed on Wednesday that its envoy is meeting in Qatar with the Taliban, seeking to negotiate an end to the Afghanistan war despite a new major attack claimed by the insurgents.
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Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative for Afghan reconciliation, met with Taliban representatives in Doha on Tuesday , the US State Department said according to The Financial Express.

“We can confirm that Special Representative Khalilzad and an interagency team are in Doha today talking with representatives of the Taliban,” a State Department spokesperson said, adding that the talks were taking place over two days.

Meanwhile, a Taliban statement confirmed this meeting on Monday itself.

This meeting comes after Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack targeting the Afghan special forces unit in Maidan Shahr, Wardak province which has had a casualty rate of more than 100.

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