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White House Denies U.S. Scheduled To Meet With Taliban On Peace Deal

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 18:  U.S. President Barack Obama delivers closing remarks at the conclusion of the White House Summ
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers closing remarks at the conclusion of the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building February 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. In light of recent attacks in Paris, Ottawa and Sydney, the White House called the summit to 'highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - The White House denied reports from senior Pakistani army officials that U.S. officials planned to meet with the Taliban on Thursday, a spokeswoman said.

"The United States currently has no meetings with the Taliban scheduled in Doha," said Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the White House's National Security Council. "We remain supportive of an Afghan-led reconciliation process whereby the Taliban and the Afghans engage in talks toward a settlement to resolve the conflict in Afghanistan."

Sources in the Afghan Taliban had said their negotiators would hold a first round of talks with U.S. officials on Thursday in Qatar.

(Reporting by Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)

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