Taliban office in Qatar has been agreed

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 18:21

Kabul: The Afghan Taliban say they have reached a preliminary deal with the Gulf state of Qatar to open a liaison office there that could have a key role in peace talks to end more than a decade of war.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said on Tuesday the liaison office will conduct negotiations with the international community. He did not say when it would open.

Mujahid`s statement says the Taliban held negotiations with Qatar`s government and other "relevant parties" about the office`s opening.

For the US and its allies, the idea of a Taliban political office in Doha has become the central element in efforts to draw the insurgents into peace talks.

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First Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 17:27

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