US officials and Taliban representatives are scheduled to meet Saturday and Sunday in order to address the issue of containing extremist groups in Afghanistan and evacuating foreigners and Afghans from the country. The meeting marks the first one since American forces left Afghanistan in late August, ending a 20-year presence and strengthening the Taliban’s grip on power.
A round of talks will be held in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, situated on the Persian Gulf. Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, said the talks would include a review of the Taliban’s 2020 peace agreement with Washington. Using the agreement, the US was able to pull out of Afghanistan after its final withdrawal.