The outgoing top US diplomat is on a seven-nation tour of Europe and the Middle East

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will Saturday meet negotiators from the Taliban and Afghan government amid signs of progress in their talks as the United States speeds up its withdrawal.

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Afghan government officials and Taliban negotiators will meet separately with the top American diplomat, Pompeo's office said, while he makes his way to the Gulf state of Qatar. 

Pompeo will also meet Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Qatar's ruler, and the foreign minister on his stop in the capital Doha, the Taliban's base for diplomacy, the State Department said on its public schedule.

The outgoing top US diplomat is on a seven-nation tour of Europe and the Middle East as President Donald Trump shores up late-term priorities. Read more at i24