On Sunday the United States held the first face-to-face meeting with Taliban officials since the militant group's takeover of Afghanistan in August. It was stated by US State Department spokesman Ned Price.
A US delegation held talks with the group in Doha, Qatar, focusing on security and terrorism.
The delegation also tackled establishing a safe passage for US citizens, other foreign nationals and Afghans wanting to leave the war-ravaged country, as well as women's participation in different aspects of Afghan society.
"The discussions were candid and professional with the US delegation reiterating that the Taliban will be judged on its actions, not only its words," the statement said.
As we reported earlier, Taliban authorities in the western Afghan city of Herat killed four alleged kidnappers and hung their bodies up in public to deter others.
Sher Ahmad Ammar, deputy governor of Herat, said the men had kidnapped a local businessman and his son and intended to take them out of the city, when they were seen by patrols that set up checkpoints around the city.
"Their bodies were brought to the main square and hung up in the city as a lesson for other kidnappers," he said.
The two kidnapping victims were released unharmed, he said.