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The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG), which includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and United States, are in their attempt to revive talks with the Taliban in an effort to bring a negotiated peace settlement in the war-torn country and revive the Afghan peace process.

But it was not clear if any Afghan Taliban had joined the dialogue, which has so far failed to revive the process that was halted in 2015. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

An Afghan diplomat in Pakistan on Monday said his government had proposed an "exchange" Taliban commanders who were in custody of Islamabad and Kabul.

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Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Shekib Mustaghni said in addition to discussions on commitments, the delegates will also share ideas on counter-terrorism efforts.

Meeting on Sunday, for the 6th Round of Pakistan-Oman Bilateral Political Consultations in Muscat, Tehmina Janjua and Dr. Mohammed Bin Awadh Al Hassan discussed political relations as well as economic and trade cooperation at multilateral forums.

In Washington, a State Department official confirmed the meeting on October 16 took place, but declined to provide any details. There was no immediate comment from China or Afghanistan about the talks resuming.

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The peace talks on Afghanistan were halted past year in May after an American drone killed then Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in southern part of Balochistan bordering Iran.

The four-nation Quadrilateral Coordination Group, which last met in Islamabad in early 2016, has been trying to open a path to direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, with little success.

From Afghanistan, in addition to the Deputy Foreign Minister, a representative from the High Peace Council (HPC) also attended the meeting.

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Pakistani officials deny sheltering Taliban militants and say their influence on the group has waned.

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