U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad held the first official talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban since President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead in September. A U.S. statement said Saturday the talks will initially focus on getting a Taliban promise to reduce violence with a permanent cease-fire being the eventual goal. Khalilzad has spoken about including in the negotiations all sides in the conflict. The Taliban have so far refused direct talks with the Afghan government.
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