Row over Taliban office in Qatar delays Afghan talks

The Taliban's new office in Doha, Qatar Photo: Reuters

The start of the first official peace talks on Afghanistan between the United States and Taliban officials was delayed today, amid a row about an office.

They were due to be held in the Gulf State of Qatar, but the Afghan President Hamid Karzai objected to a flag and nameplate outside the Taliban's new office in the Gulf state.

When the building was officially opened on Tuesday, it was decorated with a banner referring to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the name the Taliban used during its 1996-2001 rule of the country.

The offending items have now been taken down but the talks remains on hold.

ITV News' International Correspondent John Irvine reports.