Exclusive: Mission in Doha had been channel for dialogue for more than six years but Trump is said to be hostile to keeping it open

Donald Trump has sought to persuade the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, to agree to the closure of a Taliban mission in Qatar, which had been a channel for dialogue for more than six years, according to several sources familiar with discussions between the two countries.

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