US envoy Khalilzad meets Afghan Taliban first time since Biden took office

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Doha (Web Desk): US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met Afghan Taliban in Doha for the first time since President Joe Biden took office.

Khalilzad, had held talks earlier this week with Afghan leaders in Kabul, including President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, chair of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation which oversees the government’s talks with the Taliban in Qatar.

Taliban spokesman Muhamad Naeem said in a tweet that Khalilzad and the top US general in Afghanistan met with the group’s negotiating team in Doha, including Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, late Friday.

“Both sides expressed their commitment to the Doha agreement and discussed its full implementation. Likewise, the current situation of Afghanistan and the rapidity and effectiveness of the Intra-Afghan negotiations were discussed,” he wrote.