U.S. negotiators to meet Taliban delegation in Islamabad on Feb. 18: Taliban spokesman

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KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban negotiators will meet their U.S. counterparts on Feb. 18 in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad as part of accelerating efforts to end more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Wednesday.

The talks come a week ahead of previously scheduled negotiations between the two sides in Qatar on Feb. 25. Mujahid said in a statement that the Qatar talks would still take place.

While he said the Taliban delegation would meet the U.S. team, he did not specify any meetings with team head, U.S. special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.

Reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi, writing by Greg Torode; Editing by Toby Chopra

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