US has approved a plan to allow Taliban to open a political office in Qatar

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US has approved a plan to allow Taliban to open a political office in Qatar

The United States has reportedly approved a plan to allow the Taliban to open a political office in Qatar to enable formal peace talks to begin.

The U.K.'s Times newspaper said officials in Washington had agreed that the office could open by the end of 2011. However, the Taliban still had concerns that its representatives at the office in the Gulf state might be arrested.

A Western diplomatic source told the paper the office "will not be an embassy or a consulate, but a residence where they can be treated like a political party."

"It will be an address where they have a political office," the diplomat added.

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