January 30, 2012

U.S.-Taliban dialogue in Qatar raises peace hope

A former Taliban militant (left) shakes hands with a police official during a joining ceremony with the Afghan government in Baghlan, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. Around 40 former Taliban militants from Baghlan province handed over their weapons and joined with Afghan government as part of a peace-reconciliation programme.

Several Taliban negotiators have begun meeting U.S. officials in Qatar, where they are discussing preliminary trust-building measures, including a possible prisoner transfer, said several former Taliban officials on Saturday. Read more.

The Hindu

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