Representatives from the United States and the Taliban will engage in Afghanistan peace talks Thursday in an office that has opened in Qatar, senior U.S. administration officials say.
The officials say detainee exchanges will likely be among the topics discussed in the Doha office, which opened Tuesday after months of delays. Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s High Peace Council is expected to follow up with its own talks a few days later.
The first meeting will focus on an exchange of agendas and consultations on next steps.
The Taliban’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press that the group opposes the use of Afghan soil to threaten other countries and supports the negotiating process.
Zabiullah said that the Taliban are willing to use all legal means to end what they called the occupation of Afghanistan.