ISLAMABAD: Taliban negotiators will meet their US counterparts on February 18 in Islamabad as part of accelerating efforts to end more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said on Wednesday.
The talks come a week ahead of previously scheduled negotiations between the two sides in Qatar on February 25.
Mujahid said in a statement that the Qatar talks would still take place.
The Taliban delegation would also meet Prime Minister Imran Khan, a first such meeting between the insurgent group and a top Pakistani leader since 2001.
Agencies add: The Taliban will also meet with the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to hold comprehensive discussions about Pak-Afghan relations and issues pertaining to Afghan refugees and Afghan businessmen.
“As the negotiations process continues to take place between the Islamic Emirate and United States and meetings have already been held in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the next round will resume on the 25th of February 2019 in the Qatari capital of Doha as per agreement reached during the previous meeting,” he said in a statement.