US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Islamabad and met Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi here on Thursday.
Zalmay Khalilzad also briefed the Foreign Minister about the progress of the seventh round of US-Taliban peace talks in Doha and details of his recent visit to Kabul.
Speaking on the occasion, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the joint declaration on the progress of Intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha and the post-Doha talks was welcome.
In the Doha talks, agreeing on a fundamental road map with regard to the Afghan peace process is a very positive step forward.
The Foreign Minister further said that intra-Afghan talks would be a milestone for peace, stability and long-lasting development in Afghanistan. Pakistan will continue to play its role in the Afghan peace process under joint responsibility.
During Zalmay Khalilzad’s visit, future affairs of Afghan reconciliation process has been consulted.
According to diplomatic sources, the US and the Afghan Taliban will also consider issues related to the possible deal.
The US will also discuss the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.
Zalmay Khalilzad also tweeted, “The US and Afghanistan have agreed on next steps. And a negotiating team and technical support group are being finalized.”