The talks reportedly took place in Doha, Qatar, where a number of Taliban leaders are present. (file photo)
Two Taliban officials said on Tuesday that the militant movement held informal, secret peace talks with the Afghan government earlier this month in Qatar, but a Taliban spokesman denied they took place.
The Afghan Taliban officials, based in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the talks had yielded little.
They added that U.S. officials were part of the process, although they did not specify whether they were directly involved in the talks.
Afghan and U.S. officials demanded that the Taliban declared a ceasefire, laid down arms and started formal peace talks, said the UAE-based official.
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WNU Editor: Afghan officials are confirming that these talks occurred .... Afghan Official Confirms Secret Talks Restarted With Taliban In Qatar (RFE).
More News On Reports That The Taliban And The Afghan Government Have Restarted Peace Talks
Afghanistan, Taliban hold secret talks in Qatar -- AFP
Taliban, Afghan government in peace talks -- UPI
Taliban Begins Secret Peace Talks With U.S., Afghan Officials: Sources -- NBC
Taliban holds 'informal' peace talks with Afghanistan -- The Telegraph
Taliban & Afghan govt resume secret peace talks in ‘trouble-free atmosphere’ – report -- RT