KABUL: The Afghan Taliban have invited the United States for direct talks to bring peace in the region.
The invitation has come in an apparent policy reversal after months of escalating attacks.
Earlier this month, the Taliban published an open letter to the American people and the US Congress suggesting that they may be ready for talks.
A statement posted by the Afghan Taliban late on Monday said: “calls on American officials to talk directly to the Political Office of Islamic Emirate regarding a peaceful solution to the Afghan quandary”, using its official name.
There has been no immediate response from the US officials.
It is pertinent to mention here that the US and other stakeholders have been insisting that any talks must include the Afghan government in Kabul.
The call for talks comes a day before the second round of a regional peace conference in Kabul, where representatives from 25 countries will discuss counter-terrorism and conflict resolution strategies.