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White House Denies U.S. Scheduled To Meet With Taliban On Peace Deal

02/19/2015 08:13 am ET | Updated Apr 21, 2015
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WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - The White House denied reports from senior Pakistani army officials that U.S. officials planned to meet with the Taliban on Thursday, a spokeswoman said.

"The United States currently has no meetings with the Taliban scheduled in Doha," said Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the White House's National Security Council. "We remain supportive of an Afghan-led reconciliation process whereby the Taliban and the Afghans engage in talks toward a settlement to resolve the conflict in Afghanistan."

Sources in the Afghan Taliban had said their negotiators would hold a first round of talks with U.S. officials on Thursday in Qatar.

(Reporting by Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)

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