US diplomat, Taliban representative talks end with 'very positive signals'

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Alice Wells, the US's top diplomat for South Asia.

A senior representative of the Taliban said that the leaders of the movement for the first time held direct talks with usa officials.

Earlier media reported about the meeting of the USA delegation, headed by the Director of the Department of state for South Asia, Alice wells and representatives of the Taliban.

But the U.S. government is playing down the idea that any peace talks took place.

The Taliban have long demanded direct talks with Washington.

When he announced his new war strategy past year, Trump declared that Taliban and Islamic State insurgents in Afghanistan "need to know they have nowhere to hide, that no place is beyond the reach of American might and American arms". They added that there were "very positive signals" from the meeting, and that it was held in a "friendly atmosphere".

The withdrawal resembles strategies embraced by both the Bush and Obama administrations that have started and stuttered over the almost 17-year war, the Times said, adding, that it will effectively ensure that the Taliban and other insurgent groups will hold on to territory that they have already seized, leaving the government in Kabul to safeguard the capital and cities such as Kandahar, Kunduz, Mazar-i-Sharif and Jalalabad.

A general view of the Taliban office in Doha, Qatar.

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The Afghan Taliban has been informally operating a political office in Doha for several years.

Trump's surrender in the country comes as an acknowledgement that he can not lead the American military to victory over the terrorists responsible for the most traumatic attack ever launched against the USA government on American soil.

The pause in conflict was supported by US led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces, and officials believe it was a major step toward peace.

The current leadership, most of whom are Mullah Omar's contemporaries, still believe their future in Afghanistan can be guaranteed only if the United States' concerns are addressed.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, speaks during, a press conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The meeting in Doha came as the Afghan government is considering another unilateral ceasefire with the insurgents during the upcoming Eid festival in August to encourage the Taliban to come to the table for peace talks. Other unidentified United States diplomats were also present, according to two Taliban officials. The Taliban have long-awaited direct talks with the USA as a precondition to discuss their security concerns and the future of Afghanistan.

At the time the direct talks, which the Taliban also said would be restricted to US concerns about the movement and troop withdrawal, was to be followed by talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

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