The Afghan Taliban militant group says it is to meet with American representatives in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad next week for a new round of direct negotiations, which have so far excluded the Afghan government itself.
The Taliban militant group in Afghanistan says the administration of United States President Donald Trump “appears” to be “serious” in its negotiations with the group on bringing an end to the war in the Asian country.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Monday the Taliban should "enter serious talks" with his government, after the militants and the US both touted progress during unprecedented negotiations in Qatar last week.
The Taliban launched a series of attacks on security checkpoints in four Afghan provinces early on Thursday, killing 32 members of the security forces and pro-government militias, provincial officials said.
The Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday they had called off peace talks with US officials in Qatar this week due to an “agenda disagreement”, especially over the involvement of Afghan officials as well as a possible cease-fire and prisoner exchange.
At least 23 security personnel were killed and dozens of others wounded in a series of attacks by the Taliban on security checkpoints in Afghanistan's northern Sar-e-Pul Province, officials said on Tuesday.
The Taliban discussed Afghanistan's "post-occupation situation" with Iran in their latest meeting, the militant group said Tuesday, as Tehran makes a more concerted and open push for peace ahead of a possible US drawdown.