US, Taliban to hold peace talks in Qatar
Previous attempts to resolve issues between the US and the Taliban have failed. (AFP/File)
Reports say the Friday talks will include discussions on a possible peace deal.
"Five former members of the supreme council of the Afghan Taliban, headed by Tayyab Agha, will hold talks with the US," a senior Taliban cadre based in Pakistan told AFP on Thursday.
Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the militant group, also confirmed that a Taliban delegation is in Qatar, without giving further details.
The US officials have made no comments on the issue yet.
Previous efforts made by the US to reach a deal with Taliban have been fruitless.
The Taliban opened an office in Qatar in June 2013, but it shut a month later.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but after more than 13 years, insecurity remains the order of the day across the country.