Washington, June 19 - The US has decided to hold direct peace talks with the Taliban, senior White House officials have announced. The first meet is due to take place in the coming days in Qatar's capital, where the Taliban have opened their first official overseas office, BBC reported.
US officials told reporters the first formal meeting between the US and Taliban representatives was expected to take place in Doha next week, with talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai's High Peace Council and the Taliban due a few days after that.
The announcement came on the day NATO handed over security for the whole of Afghanistan to government forces.
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