Voice of Maharashtra

Afghanistan: US and Taliban hold first face-to-face talks since withdrawal

US officials have met Afghanistan's ruling Taliban for their first face-to-face talks since Washington pulled its troops from the country in August.
The talks in Qatar are focusing on issues including containing extremist groups, the evacuation of US citizens and humanitarian aid, officials say.
The US insists the meeting does not amount to recognition of the Taliban.
It comes a day after Afghanistan suffered its deadliest attack since US forces withdrew.
The suicide bombing at a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 100 others.
The Said Abad mosque was used by the minority Shia Muslim community in the Sunni Muslim-majority country. The Islamic State group said it was behind the attack.