New York: In a major policy shift, US officials have held direct talks with Taliban representatives in Qatar, with discussions centered around release of the Afghan militant groups prisoners from Guantanamo, a move that also has Pakistans ” tacit approval”, PTI reports citing a New York Times report.
Between four to eight Taliban negotiators traveled to Qatar from Pakistan to set up a political office.
Preliminary discussions with American officials are believed to have focused on ” trust- building measures”, including the possible prisoner transfer, a New York Times report quoted former Taliban officials as saying.
The Taliban team in Qatar includes a former secretary to the Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar, as well as several former officials of the Taliban government.
Former Taliban officials are not yet calling the discussions peace talks.
” Currently there are no peace talks going on,” former minister of vice and virtue for the Taliban Maulavi Qalamuddin said in the report.