Islamabad - As the US is finalising its troops drawdown plans by 2014, Afghan Taliban have consented to direct interaction with the government of President Hamid Karzai at a meeting to be held in France later this week, sources divulged Tuesday.Sources told TheNation that the United States, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are on the same line about the crucial meeting that would be kept secret from the media. They said that the meeting will be hosted by a Paris-based think tank, the Foundation for Strategic Research. “It will be held in the outskirts of Paris where Taliban representatives Maulvi Shahabuddin Dilawar will lead the Taliban delegation.”Haji Din Mohammad and Masoom Stanekzai would represent the Afghanistan government while representatives of Hizb-e-Islami of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and former foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and Yunus Qanooni are also expected to take part in the negotiations."This is the first serious trust building meeting between Taliban and the Afghan government", a senior European diplomat told TheNation on condition of anonymity.He said process of reconciliation with Taliban would continue and the second meeting between them would take place early next year in Saudi Arabia. Other sources were not sure whether this is the first direct meeting. According to a senior diplomat, this would be a follow up meeting to the first direct interaction held between the two sides in Tokyo earlier this year.Sources were upbeat that the US and the UN Security Council were also working on plans to relax conditions on the release of five Taliban leaders and sanctions on blacklisted leaders in order to make the peace talks fruitful.The Taliban have been publicly refusing to talk directly with the government of President Hamid Karzai, dismissing him as a puppet of the Americans. This followed a direct US talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar this year, but talks failed to bear fruits.Sources opined that future talks would be held in Saudi Arabia and Turkey to secure a better peace deal that envisages key political role for Taliban and other resistant groups under the new set up in Afghanistan.