US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with one of the Taliban leaders, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, AP reported referring to Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen.
The parties held a video conference and discussed the implementation of the peace agreement signed between the US and the Taliban. The call follows the US peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, touring the region to advance the deal.
The United States and the Taliban signed a peace agreement on February 29 in Doha.
According to the agreements, the US, its allies, and the coalition are set to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan within 14 months. The Taliban, in turn, guarantee that they will not use the territory of Afghanistan for actions that pose a threat to the security of the US and its allies.
"The talks are expected to begin sometime in July - if both sides abide by a promise laid out in the U.S.-Taliban deal to release thousands of prisoners. The agreement calls for Kabul to release 5,000 imprisoned Taliban while the insurgents would release 1,000 government and military personnel they hold captive. But the prisoner releases have been marked by delays; Kabul has so far released 3,500 and the Taliban have freed about 700," AP noted.