KABUL, Afghanistan

As the U.S. and Taliban are set to clinch a peace deal in Qatar on Saturday, the tricky phase of parleys between various Afghan groups to place a credible governance mechanism in Kabul also appears challenging.

The Afghan government has formed an initial direct contact group to hold talks with the Taliban, a top official in Kabul told Anadolu Agency on Friday.

This is a major breakthrough as the Taliban were so far not recognizing the Afghan government as a legitimate party for talks.

The landmark peace deal has come on the heels of an unprecedented reduction in

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