The Taliban militants group has said the ongoing talks in United Arab Emirates are focused on withdrawal of the U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said no discussion has taken place regarding an interim government, ceasefire, and elections.

According to reports, the negotiations between the United States and Taliban are underway in Abu Dhabi in the presence of Saudi,Pakistani, and UAE officials.

Earlier, reports had also emerged suggesting that the Taliban political leaders have shared the issue of the release of prisoners and removal of the names of Taliban leaders from the UN black list as well as the formal inauguration of Taliban’s political office in Qatar.

Talks between U.S. and Taliban kicked off in Abdu Dhabi on Monday as efforts are underway to revive direct negotiations between Taliban and Afghan government.

However, the Taliban has so far rejected to hold direct talks with the Afghan government despite the Afghan officials are optimistic that direct talks would kick off in the near future.

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