The U.S. and the Taliban officials began their most detailed and high-level discussions yet on foreign troop withdrawals and counter-terrorism on Tuesday, sources close the peace negotiations said.
The talks which kicked off in Doha on Monday likely to continue for five days.
The newly-appointed political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is leading the Taliban delegation in the talks after flying in from Pakistan.
The Taliban sources told Ariana News that Mullah Baradar is the right-hand man to Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhunzada and that has fully authorized to take decisions in the talks.
The other members of the Taliban delegation comprised of Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, Mullah Abdul Latif Mansour, Mawlawi Mati-ul-Haq, Mawlawi Abdul Salam Hanafi, Mawlawi Shahabuddin Delawar, Mawlawi Amir Khan Mutaqi, Mullah Khairullah Khairkha, Mullah Noorullah Noor, Mullah Wasiq and Mohammad Nabi Omari, brother of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar.
The sources said that this round of U.S. talks is aimed at pushing the Taliban to meet the Afghan government and building trust between the two sides involved in the 17-year conflict.
According to the sources, if the U.S. reached an agreement on American troop withdrawal, it could pave the way for Taliban-Kabul direct talks.
This comes Taliban considers the Afghan government a puppet regime of the U.S. and has so far refused direct talks with Kabul.