Taliban call off peace talks with U.S. officials

FILE PHOTO: People gathered Taliban as they celebrate ceasefire in Bati Kot district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan June 16, 2018.REUTERS/Parwiz

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Taliban said on Tuesday they had canceled planned peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar this week over an agenda disagreement.

“Both sides have agreed to not meet in Qatar,” senior Taliban members based in Afghanistan told Reuters.

Talks had been planned for two days starting Wednesday in Qatar, senior Taliban members earlier told Reuters. The Taliban had rejected requests from regional powers to allow Afghan officials to take part in the discussion.

Reporting by Jibran Ahmad in PESHAWAR; Writing by Charlotte Greenfield in KABUL; Editing by Nick Macfie