A seventh round of talks between the United States and the Taliban will focus on the timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led troops from Afghanistan.
The talks between the warring sides will begin on Saturday in Doha, Qatar.
A ceasefire between the rival Afghan sides, the Western-backed government and the insurgents will also be discussed.
The U.S. and Taliban negotiators have been trying to reach a deal to end the 18-year-long war.
The U.S. negotiators want the Taliban guarantee that militants won’t plot attacks from Afghan soil and Afghanistan will not be used as a base for terrorists and Jihadist groups.
A Taliban spokesperson in Doha said, they don’t need to wait for the completion of the withdrawal, withdrawal and talks can move forward simultaneously.
The Taliban demand the withdrawal of the U.S. and other foreign forces.
The hardline Islamist group Taliban have long refused to talk to the Afghan government, denouncing it as foreign “puppet”.
About 20,000 foreign troops, most of them American, are in Afghanistan as part of a U.S.-led NATO mission.