Taliban confirm informal talks took place in Norway
The Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid in an email said the meetings took place to obtain views of different groups.
He said the group wanted to hear suggestions and views from every Afghan and also to convey their own policies to others. Mujahid insisted the meetings with different groups could not be recognised as peace talks.
Norwegian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Frode Andersen said the delegations did not represent any particular group and the meetings were aimed at exchanging views.
Lawmakers Shukria Barakzai, Fawzia Kofi and High Peace Council (HPC) members Hawa Alam Nuristani and Sediqa Balkhi had reportedly represented the Afghan delegation in the talks.
The names of Taliban representatives, however, have not been disclosed. The talks were the third face-to-face contact between Taliban and Afghan officials in recent months.
A similar meeting is scheduled to take place in Dubai on Saturday. The Dubai meeting has been arranged by the Pugwash Council, which had arranged the informal talks in Qatar.
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