Afghan Taliban and Afghanistan government secret talks revealed 

Afghan Taliban and Afghanistan government secret talks revealed 

DOHA: In a secret and surprise move, Afghan Taliban and Afghan government have once again engaged in Afghan peace process in Qatar .

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The Taliban and the Afghan government restarted secret peace talks in September and have held two rounds of discussions in Qatar , Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing anonymous sources.

Citing a Taliban official, the Guardian said a senior American diplomat was present at the meetings in Qatar , where the Islamist group has a diplomatic office.

The newspaper said the talks were attended also by Mullah Abdul Manan, the brother of Afghan Taliban founder, Mullah Mohammad Omar, who died in 2013.

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Officials in Kabul could not be immediately reached for comment.

Previous Pakistan-brokered peace talks yielded little progress and ground to a complete halt when the United States killed former Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a drone strike in Pakistan.

Afghan government and Afghan Taliban are engaged in heavy fighting in several places in Afghanistan outside the main capitals of the provinces.



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