Taliban calls off peace talks with U.S. officials

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jan 8 (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.

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An Afghan Artlord paints a message on a wall at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, February 14, 2018. Picture taken February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
Afghan Artlords paint a message on a wall at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, February 14, 2018. Picture taken February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
Containers of colours, prepared by Artlords which are used to paint graffiti on the concrete blast walls, are seen in Kabul, Afghanistan February 14, 2018. Picture taken February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
Afghan Artlords paint a message on a wall at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, February 14, 2018. Picture taken February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
Afghan Artlords paint a message on a wall at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, February 14, 2018. Picture taken February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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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)

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