ISLAMABAD (AP) — Officials say senior Taliban members and U.S. representatives are to hold talks about containing extremist groups in Afghanistan and easing the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country.

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It’s the first such meeting since U.S. forces withdrew from Afghanistan in late August.

That's when the U.S. ended a 20-year military presence and the Taliban took control of the country.

The talks are to take place in Doha, the capital of the Persian Gulf state of Qatar.

A Taliban spokesman says the talks will also revisit the peace agreement the Taliban signed with Washington in 2020 which paved the way for the final U..S. withdrawal.

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