Kabul: The Afghan government and Taliban have announced that the first peace talks between the two sides will take place in the Qatari capital of Doha, where the militant group has its political office and had signed a long-awaited peace agreement with the US on February 29.
"The Afghan government has only agreed for a first meeting to take place in Doha, there has not been any agreement yet on the venue of the direct talks," Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Afghan presidential palace, tweeted on Sunday and also later confirmed to Efe news.
The date of the meeting has not yet been announced. The matter was agreed upon on June 11 in a meeting between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and a Qatari delegation, led by Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani, the special envoy of the Foreign Minister of Qatar for counterterrorism and mediation of conflict resolution, during his visit to Kabul.A senior aide to Ghani told Efe nes that the current agreement is only for the first meeting and the sides involved in Afghan peace efforts are still working on the details and to agree on the venue for the intra-Afghan talks. IANS)