U.S., Taliban agree to meet again after positive talks

Talks between a senior U.S. diplomat and Taliban representatives in Doha last week produced “very positive signals” regarding a possible ceasefire in Afghanistan, Reuters reported Sunday, citing people with knowledge of the discussions. A Taliban official who said he participated in the meeting described the atmosphere as “friendly.” “You can’t call it peace talks,” he said. “These are a series of meetings for initiating formal and purposeful talks. We agreed to meet again soon and resolve the Afghan conflict through dialogue.” The U.S. and Afghan governments are stepping up efforts to end the 17-year war. The State Department did not confirm or deny that the talks took place.

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