Taliban back Western proposal to open Qatar office
3 January 2012 Last updated at 21:33 GMT
The Taliban say they have reached a preliminary agreement to set up a political office, possibly in Qatar, as part of Western plans to end the war.
A statement confirmed the move, which has been backed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Both the US and Germany have been pushing for such a representation in an effort to kick-start negotiations.
The office is seen by some as a key step towards ending the 10-year-long conflict in Afghanistan.
David Loyn reports.