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Afghan taliban delegation meets Pakistan officials


Anum RizwanWeb Editor

03rd Oct, 2019. 03:13 pm
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Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Faisal stated that Afghan Taliban delegation agreed to review progress under the stalled US-Taliban peace talks.

The meeting with senior Afghan Taliban delegation was led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Inter-Services Intelligence Director General Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, Foreign Affairs Secretary Sohail Mahmood and other FO officials were present for the meeting.

According to the Foreign Office, this is the first visit of a Taliban delegation to Pakistan since the establishment of the TPC.

Yesterday, A 12 member contingent of the Afghan Taliban under the leadership of Mullah Baradar arrived in Islamabad.

Official spokesman for the Taliban in a tweet confirmed their arrival prior.

American Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad was already in Islamabad indicating a possible restart for the recently ‘called off’ Afghan peace talks.

In this delegation the deputy political officer of Taliban’s Qatar office and chief of armed forces Mulla Fazal is also present.

Since Trump ended talks with Taliban, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and other officials have been urging the US to resume talks on ending nearly 18 years of fighting in neighboring Afghanistan.

The Taliban and the US said last month they were close to reaching a deal, despite concerns among some US security officials and within the Afghan government that a US withdrawal could plunge the country into even more conflict.

Earlier, the  Taliban’s delegation visited Russia, China and Iran.

Be clear that the dialogues between US and Afghan-Taliban officially started in July 2018 and ended in September 2019.

The US and Taliban said last month that they were close to reach a deal, despite concern among some US security officials and within the Afghan government that a US withdrawal could plunge the country into even more conflict.

But US President Donald Trump halted the talks following the death of a US soldier and 11 other people in a Taliban bomb attack in Kabul.

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