TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Afghanistan and Taliban peace talk negotiators will hold their first direct session on Tuesday in Doha, officials said.

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A small group of negotiators from both sides had met in previous days to try to discuss how the substantive negotiations would take place.

“The contact group from both sides’ delegations continued the discussion on rules and procedures and prepared to present it to the general meeting between the two negotiating teams (taking place on Tuesday),” senior Afghan government negotiator Nader Nadery said, Reuters reported.

The Taliban’s political spokesman Muhammad Naeem said the meeting would be “general” and there were no specific agreed issues on the agenda.

An Afghan presidential palace official said a top priority was getting the Taliban to agree on a ceasefire.

Violence has continued in the country even after the launch of historic peace talks at an opening ceremony in Doha on Saturday.