The government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Taliban representatives are in secret talks to bring an end to the war in the country.
That is what American media are reporting citing Afghan and Arab sources.
A spokesperson for Karzai declined to confirm or deny that such talks were underway.
It is reported that the discussions are in the early stages and follow on from inconclusive meetings hosted by Saudi Arabia a year ago.
It appears that in exchange for peace some Taliban members will be granted seats in the government while a timeline for the withdrawal of Nato and US troops is thrashed out.
The US led invasion of Afghanistan has dragged on for nine years and there are indications that Washington is open to talks as a way out of a costly and difficult war.