Members of Taliban delegation return to Qatari capital after visit to Pakistan.
"Pakistan has important leverage to promote lasting security and stability in Afghanistan," says Alice Wells.
Esper says America maintains a “longstanding commitment” to Afghanistan.
"The Taliban delegation didn't call on the prime minister. All news published and aired in this regard are baseless."
Militants hold more territory now than at any time since 2001.
“The Russian side stressed the need to relaunch negotiations between the United States and the Taliban movement.”
“The Taliban will do everything possible to disrupt the election, we expect more violence,” says an analyst.
Taliban spokesperson says Trump has yet to grasp the type of nation he is dealing with.
Singles out India and Pakistan as frontline countries that are doing little to nothing to fight militant groups.
A Taliban source says efforts are underway to organise a direct meeting between Zalmay Khalilzad and Mullah Baradar.
Sources say if the Doha talks lead to an agreement between the US and Taliban, Trump may visit Islamabad.
Taliban claim to have an agreement with US negotiators on 80pc issues, ready for intra-Afghan dialogue in next phase.
An Afghan minister had earlier said direct talks with the Taliban would take place "in the coming two weeks".