U.S., Taliban to hold talks Thursday: report

A senior U.S. official said Tuesday the United States and the Taliban will start talks in the Qatari capital Doha on Thursday aimed at achieving peace in Afghanistan, where U.S.-led multinational forces have been fighting for over a decade, Reuters news agency said.

The agency said the Taliban opened an office in Doha on Tuesday to help restart talks and said it wanted a political solution that would bring about a just government and end foreign occupation of Afghanistan.

U.S. President Barack Obama cautioned against hopes for quick progress, saying the peace process would not be easy, Reuters said.