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Taliban, Afghan government meet in Doha

Taliban delegates shake hands during talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar September 12, 2020. REUTERS/Ibraheem al Omari

DOHA (Reuters) - Negotiators from the Taliban and the Afghan government team have met face-to-face on Saturday, shortly after peace talks were inaugurated in Doha, a Qatari official said.

Mutlaq Al-Qahtani, Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister of Qatar, told reporters the two sides had sat down to discuss how the talks will proceed.

The Taliban had previously refused to negotiate with the government, questioning its legitimacy. The talks are a result of a U.S.-Taliban agreement in February.

Writing by Gibran Peshimam; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne