Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Taliban strike deal on Qatar office

Qatar, whose Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Althani is pictured, has agreed with the Afghan Taliban to open a liaison office

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 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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