Kerry hopeful on Taliban talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry said US talks with the Taliban could ultimately lead to reconciliation.

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Old guard Taliban 'want to negotiate end of conflict'

US diplomats are set to meet Taliban representatives in Qatar for the first formal direct talks. The meeting will take place following months of negotiations.

Dr. Rudra Chaudhuri Credit: Daybreak

Dr Rudra Chaudhuri compiled a report on the issue last year following a interviews with four senior Taliban figures.

He told Daybreak "the old guard of the Taliban want some sort of a negotiative end to this conflict."

He added: "There is a recognition amongst all sides that military victory, be it by the American led victory or the Taliban military victory is out of the question."

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US delegation for Taliban talks 'arrives in Qatar'

A delegation of US officials has arrived in Qatar for peace talks with representatives of the Afghan Taliban, Reuters reported citing a diplomatic source.

The talks are expected to take place in the capital Doha tomorrow.

Earlier today, Afghan President Hamid Karzai suspended talks with the US on a security pact, accusing Washington of providing "inconsistent statements" on peace talks with the Taliban.

Afghanistan suspends talks with US over 'contradiction'

The Afghan government said it has suspended security talks with the US due to the "contradiction between the acts and the statements" made by Washington.

In view of the contradiction between acts and the statements made by the United States of America in regard to the Peace Process, the Afghan government suspended the negotiations, currently under way in Kabul between Afghan and US delegations on the Bilateral Security Agreement.

– Statement by the Office of the National Security Council
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