US officials say to meet Taleban within days

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Tuesday welcomed the Taleban's decision to open an office in Qatar and senior US officials said they hoped to meet with their Afghan foes within days.

"I think the United States will have its first meeting with the Taleban for several years in a couple of days in Doha," a senior US official told reporters, dubbing the move the "beginning of a very difficult road".