Report: White House Seeks Direct Talks With Taliban

A report in a leading U.S. newspaper says President Donald Trump has instructed "top diplomats" to pursue "direct talks" with the Taliban in an effort to "jump-start" negotiations with the militant group in the hope of bringing an end to the 17-year war in Afghanistan. The New York Times said Sunday the move represents a "significant shift in American policy in Afghanistan."  The move has been confirmed by "several senior American and Afghan officials," according to the newspaper.  ...

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