Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks at the inauguration ceremony of the Afghan National Agriculture Science and Technology University accompanied by Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, in Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. A total 4.5 million U.S. dollars has been spent by the government of India in building the university. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)With the aid of Missy Ryan, Phil Stewart and Warren Strobel KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is taking steps it hopes could lead to a resumption of peace talks to finish the Afghan battle, including reviving a proposed swap of Taliban detainees held at Guantanamo Bay in return for a U.S. prisoner of warfare. In step with Western officials familiar with the topic, President Barack Obama's senior aides in late December resolved to resume makes an attempt to prepare the prisoner alternate with the goal of bounce-starting negotiations stalled due to the fact closing June. The hope is that the alternate may open the door to extra substantive peace talks on Afghanistan's future. Reuters has realized that, to further the initiative, U.S. officials even have held meetings with the federal government of Qatar, which has played a mediating function throughout a couple of years of on-and-off peace efforts, officials said.