The Taliban and the Afghan government restarted secret peace talks in September and have held two rounds of discussions in Qatar, Britain’sGuardian newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing anonymous sources.
Citing a Taliban official, the Guardian said a senior American diplomat was present at the meetings in Qatar, where the militant group has a diplomatic office.
The newspaper said the talks were also attended by Mullah Abdul Manan, the brother of Afghan Taliban founder, Mullah Mohammad Omar, who died in 2013.
Officials in Kabul could not be immediately reached for comment.
Previous Pakistan-brokered peace talks yielded little progress and came to a complete halt when the United States killed former Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a drone strike in Pakistan in May.
Under the new Taliban leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, fighting has raged across Afghanistan during the summer months, with the Taliban attacking the northern city of Kunduz and threatening Helmand’s provincial capital Lashkar Gah.
No Pakistani official took part in the latest talks, according to the Guardian.– Reuters