Qatar hosted Taliban 'at request of US government'

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Mutlaq Al Qahtani said that Qatar hosted the Taliban "by request of the US government" and as part of Qatar's "open-door policy, to facilitate talks, to mediate and to bring peace". He added that Qatar "was facilitating the talks between the Americans, the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan".

There was no immediate comment from the US. The Taliban opened its "political office" in Qatar in 2013. Al Qahtani's statement comes after US President Donald Trump accused Qatar of "historically" funding "terrorism at a very high level" - an allegation Qatar denies.

The US president has not provided any evidence for his accusation.

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