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Afghan-Taliban peace talks: Zalmay Khalilzad arrives Pakistan today


Arhama AltafWeb Editor

14th Sep, 2020. 09:47 am
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Zalmay Khalilzad in Pakistan

United States (US) Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has arrived Islamabad today (Monday) to hold talks over the next phase of the Afghan peace process.

According to sources, Zalmay Khalilzad will hold meetings with the top political and military leadership in the country during his visit.

“He will discuss the next phase of the Afghan peace process,” they said adding that the ambassador would receive guidance from Pakistan regarding the reconciliation process.

On Sept 12, the Afghan government and Taliban had begun historic peace talks aimed at ending two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of people in Afghanistan

Abdullah Abdullah, the former chief executive for Afghanistan who is heading the peace process for Kabul, had called for an immediate ceasefire and highlighted the ongoing toll of the war.

He said 12,000 civilians have been killed and another 15,000 wounded since the US and the Taliban signed a deal in February.

At the opening ceremony of the Intra-Afghan negotiations video link, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said: “We meet today to mark a historic occasion when our Afghan brethren take a major step forward in their long quest for peace.”