Senior Taliban officials have been secretly negotiating with afghan officials on a possible ceasefire, the commander of us and NATO forces in Afghanistan disclosed.

This was stated by commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson in a teleconference with reporters at the Pentagon.

General said a lot of the diplomatic activity and dialogue is occurring off the stage, and it’s occurring at multiple levels.

He would not identify the figures involved in the negotiations, except to say that they included mid- and senior-level Taliban officials.

General pointed out that meeting was held in secret. He said the success of the effort depends in part on the “confidentiality of the process.”

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in late February proposed peace talks with the Taliban, saying they could be recognized as a political party if they accepted a ceasefire and recognized the country’s 2004 constitution.