"The United States is making a meeting between the Taliban and Afghan government, but the Taliban did not accept that," Mr. Mutmaeen said. "This was the first meeting between the Americans and the second meeting between Americans and the Taliban.
The meeting in Doha comes to the Taliban.
Despite the security and political chaos, as the government and the opposition have bitterly fought over concerns of fraud, about 2,500 candidates across the country have continued to campaign. At least seven candidates have been killed so far.
On Saturday, a motorcycle bomber struck a rally for Nazifa Yousufi Bek, a candidate in the northern province of Takhar. At least 1
"I am at the scene – it's blood and terror. People are fleeing, "Mawlawi Keramatullah, at eyewitness, said via phone. He said about 3,000 people had gathered in a large field for the election rally when the bomb went off.
Mr. Khalilzad began his tour in Kabul last week, before heading to Pakistan with the top American military commander here in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin Scott Miller. Taliban leaders who have been in Afghanistan have long enjoyed sanctuaries there, putting them out of reach of Afghan forces and American drone strikes. The Trump administration has stopped the Taliban leaders from reaching the table for talks.
The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Khalilzad stopped in Saudi Arabia, where he reportedly met with the embattled Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.
Afghan officials have long been appealed to Saudi Arabia as the leader of Sunni Muslims, his government the custodian of the holiest places of Islam, to try to persuade the Taliban to enter into talks. Saudis could help.
Saudi Arabia has come out ahead of the Trump officials.