Taliban leaders have met with the British envoy in Afghanistan. The move is widely seen as the group's attempt to seek recognition from the international community.
The Taliban's acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi met with UK envoy for Afghanistan Simon Gass on Tuesday in Kabul.
The Taliban said in a statement that Muttaqi told Gass that Britain should cooperate to promote their relations to a new stage.
The Taliban statement said the meeting was held with an eye on starting diplomatic relations.
Meanwhile, Britain did not mention the establishment of relations with the Taliban.
The UK foreign office said they discussed how the UK could help Afghanistan address the importance of preventing the country from becoming an incubator for terrorism, and the continued need for safe passage for those who want to leave the country.