US officials are meeting former Taliban members as the Trump administration has intensified its efforts to seek a negotiated settlement of America’s longest war, the US media reported on Saturday.

In a joint report by its correspondents in Kabul, Peshawar and Washington, NBC News claimed that the meetings took place at undisclosed locations in Afghanistan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

At least five Americans participated in a series of recent meetings in hotel suites in Doha, Qatar, the report added, quoting “three senior Taliban commanders”.

The report noted that Taliban often use a “network of former commanders and political leaders” as interlocutors and negotiators.

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