WASHINGTON: The US envoy for Afghanistan peace efforts met with Taliban representatives in Qatar on Friday as President Donald Trumps administration pushed to find a way to end the 17-year-old Afghan war, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The Journal, citing a person familiar with the gathering, said Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, met with Taliban officials in Doha the second time in four months that American officials have held face-to-face talks with Taliban representatives.
The Journal said it was not clear what the two sides discussed. Khalilzad, who is trying to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, is currently on his first trip as the special representative. His 11-day trip was to take him to Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
The State Department declined to say whether the meeting with Taliban officials in Doha took place.
We cant confirm specific meetings or the content of diplomatic conversations, said a State Department spokesperson, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Special Representative Khalilzad held a number of meetings with a wide range of stakeholders as part of his trip to explore how best to reach a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan, the spokesperson added.