TALIBAN DESCRIBES AS ‘PRODUCTIVE’ INITIAL DIRECT TALKS WITH US – Small wars journal

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The Taliban has confirmed that it held direct talks with the United States in Qatar this week on finding a negotiated end to the 17-year war in Afghanistan.

A senior Taliban official told VOA on Friday that Alice Wells, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for South and Central Asia, led the American delegation in the meeting in Doha.

The insurgent official, speaking on condition of anonymity explained the “preliminary” dialogue focused merely on “laying the groundwork for future contacts and meetings” between the Taliban and the U.S.

“The overall atmosphere of the meeting was very good and the discussions were also productive,” said the Taliban official,but he shared …. Read More on Small wars journal