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A member of the Taliban and other people stand at the site during the execution of three men in Ghazni Province April 18, 2015. Photo: Reuters

The Guardian: Taliban and Afghan officials hold 'reconciliation' talks in Qatar

Both sides in ongoing conflict seek to downplay any expectations of official negotiations or peace coming from Doha talks

Afghan and Taliban officials will hold two days of “reconciliation” talks in Qatar, the Gulf country’s state news agency has reported, although both sides have sought to downplay expectations from the meeting.

QNA did not identify the officials taking part in the talks, which it said began on Saturday, citing the foreign ministry official Yousif al-Sada.

“The dialogue will be through open discussions about the Afghan reconciliation between all parties in Afghanistan,” the agency said.

Update #1: Qatar Says Taliban, Afghan Officials to Hold 2 Days of Talks -- NYT/AP
Update #2: Afghan Officials to Meet With Taliban in Qatar -- WSJ

WNU Editor: As I had mentioned yesterday .... these talks are nothing new. My prediction .... like past peace talks these will also end in failure.

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