PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The Taliban said on Tuesday they had canceled planned peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar this week over an agenda disagreement.
"Both sides have agreed to not meet in Qatar," senior Taliban members based in Afghanistan told Reuters.
Talks had been planned for two days starting Wednesday in Qatar, senior Taliban members earlier told Reuters. The Taliban had rejected requests from regional powers to allow Afghan officials to take part in the discussion.
(Reporting by Jibran Ahmad in PESHAWAR; Writing by Charlotte Greenfield in KABUL; Editing by Nick Macfie)
Taliban officials said yesterday that the movement will not attend planned peace talks with the United States in Saudi Arabia this month and wants them moved to Qatar.The next round of talks between the Taliban and the US are the fourth in a series aimed at ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan. The talks will address the withdrawal of foreign troops and a possible ceasefire in 2019.
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