Afghan official: Government delegation in direct talks with Taliban

An Afghan official says a government delegation has met with Taliban representatives in Pakistan.

An official from the Afghan government's high peace council told The Associated Press that the meeting took place Tuesday in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.

Sayed Zafar Hashemi, deputy spokesman for the Afghan president's office, confirmed that the delegation travelled to Pakistan for talks with the Taliban.

The talks marked the first official meeting between the two sides since the Taliban was ousted from power in 2001 by a U.S.-led coalition invasion. Taliban and government representatives have met informally in the past. New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has made it a public priority to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.