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Afghan Taliban to hold peace talks with U.S. today: Report  

KABUL: Senior Pakistan army official said on Thursday that Afghan Taliban has signaled that they are willing to open peace talks earlier next month, and now first session of talks would be held today in Qatar, Reuters reported.

According to Reuters source, the Taliban are looking forward to hold the first round of the negotiations of peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar later in the day (Thursday).

“The first session will take place today in Qatar and then there would be another session on Friday. Let us see what happens as talks before did not yield any results,” a senior member of the Afghan Taliban said by telephone from Qatar.

The Pakistan officials said that the Taliban sent the message through Pakistan military, that they are willing to open peace talks with Afghanistan’s government as early as March.

Pakistan’s army chief of staff, Raheel Sharif, told Ghani during a visit this week that the Taliban were willing to begin negotiations as early as March, according to a senior Pakistani military official with knowledge of the meetings.