The United States and the Taliban will hold their first in-person talks since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan starting Saturday (Oct 9), the State Department said.

Iran PressAmerica: The US delegation will meet Saturday and Sunday in the Qatari capital Doha with senior Taliban representatives, a State Department spokesperson said.

The United States has remained in contact with the Taliban since the longtime foes seized Kabul in August as US troops pulled out but the meeting will be the first that is face to face.

"We will demand from the Taliban to respect the rights of all Afghans, including women and girls, and to form an inclusive government with broad support," the US spokesperson said Friday. 219