White House denies U.S. scheduled to meet with Taliban on peace deal

by Reuters
Thursday, 19 February 2015 18:26 GMT

(Eliminates reference to Pakistani military officials in first paragraph)

WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - The White House denied reports that U.S. officials planned to meet with the Taliban on Thursday, a spokeswoman said.

"The United States currently has no meetings with the Taliban scheduled in Doha," said Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the White House's National Security Council. "We remain supportive of an Afghan-led reconciliation process whereby the Taliban and the Afghans engage in talks toward a settlement to resolve the conflict in Afghanistan."

Sources in the Afghan Taliban had said their negotiators would hold a first round of talks with U.S. officials on Thursday in Qatar. (Reporting by Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)

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