No US-Taliban meetings planned in Doha: White House

No US-Taliban meetings planned in Doha: White House

WASHINGTON - The White House said Thursday there are currently no meetings planned in Qatar between US and Taliban officials to discuss possible peace talks on Afghanistan, as Taliban sources had indicated.

"The United States currently has no meetings with the Taliban scheduled in Doha," National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said.

"We remain supportive of an Afghan-led reconciliation process whereby the Taliban and the Afghans engage in talks toward a settlement to resolve the conflict in Afghanistan."

Taliban sources earlier told AFP five former members of the supreme council of the Afghan Taliban would meet soon with US officials in Qatar, where the group briefly opened an office in June 2013.

The sources gave conflicting accounts of when the meetings might begin, with one suggesting as early as Thursday and another saying it would more likely be in the coming week.

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