The Taliban are ready to hold peace talks with the Afghanistan government as well as the United States, a senior Afghan official told Reuters.
A representative of the Taliban announced the opening of a "political office" in Qatar live on television.
Official peace talks on Afghanistan between the United States and the Taliban were delayed today, amid a row about an office.
American negotiators will sit down with black turbaned men from the Taliban, at least one of whom speaks impeccable English.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai says his government will not take part in any peace talks involving the Taliban - at least for now.