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US resumes peace talks with Taliban in Doha

The US resumed talks with the Taliban in Qatar on Saturday, three months after President Donald Trump abruptly halted diplomatic efforts that could end America’s longest war.
US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on Saturday held the first official talks since September with the Afghan group in Doha, a US State Department spokesperson said.
“The US rejoined talks today in Doha. The focus of discussion will be reduction of violence that leads to intra-Afghan negotiations and a ceasefire,” said the US source.
The Taliban spokesman in Qatar, Suhail Shaheen, confirmed the talks on his Twitter account, saying they had resumed “from where they were broken off”. “Talks revolved around the signing of an agreement and related issues,” he wrote. “Negotiations will resume tomorrow.”
The meetings in Doha follow several days of talks in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, where Khalilzad met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.