A co-founder of the Taliban has been appointed head of the group’s political office in Qatar.
Abdul Ghani Baradar was brought into the process to handle the ongoing negotiations.
He coordinated military operations in southern Afghanistan before his arrest in 2010 in Pakistan.
The Taliban insurgents control nearly half of Afghanistan and carry out frequent attacks on the Afghan forces.
Talks between U.S. and Taliban officials in Qatar are trying to establish a mechanism for a ceasefire in the 17-year Afghan war.
The talks focused on a roadmap for the withdrawal of the foreign forces and a guarantee that Afghanistan would not be used for hostile acts against the United States.
The discussion is in a sensitive and important stage, sources said.
The Taliban fighting the foreign troops have repeatedly rejected direct talks with President Ashraf Ghani’s government.
The U.S. and regional powers insist that the peace process should be “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned”. There has been no let up in the violence, even as the two sides hold talks.