The Taliban say they are ready for a second round of talks with US

ISLAMABAD – The Taliban say they are ready for a new round of talks with the U.S., which is likely to focus on exchange of prisoners, confidence building measures and ways to back-door meetings at the formal negotiations.

In separate interviews in recent days, Taliban officials, who asked to remain anonymous because they are not authorized to speak to the media, told the details of a meeting in July with Alice Wells, Washington’s top envoy for the region. One of the officials said that the meeting ended with a plan to meet again in September. The US has refused to confirm or deny the meeting.

The official, who spoke to The Associated Press from Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office, said they are waiting on Washington for a second meeting.

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