US delegation meets Afghan Taliban representatives

US delegation meets Afghan Taliban representatives in Qatar

Taliban forces patrol at a runway. Credit: Reuters Photo

A US delegation led by the special representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West, held talks with senior Afghan Taliban representatives in Qatar on Monday and Tuesday, the US State Department said.

The US officials "expressed deep concern regarding allegations of human rights abuses and urged the Taliban to protect the rights of all Afghans, uphold and enforce its policy of general amnesty, and take additional steps to form an inclusive and representative government," the State Department said in a statement on Tuesday.