Report: Trump sends envoys to Afghanistan to open talks directly with Taliban over peace deal

Donald Trump has reportedly ordered American envoys to seek direct talks with the Taliban to end the country’s longest ever war, in a major shift after years of US diplomatic policy on the conflict.

The change in White House stance rolls back a long-held position that any talks must be led and controlled by the Afghan government.

The White House has now told diplomats to seek initial talks with the militant insurgent movement to try to kick start a wider peace process to end the 17-year-long conflict, the New York Times reported.

Bear in mind the initial “report” was in the New York Times.

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