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Khalilzad offer thanks to Pakistan

Khalilzad Thanks Pakistan for Facilitating Talks with Taliban

ISLAMABAD – US State Department’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad offered thanks to Pakistan for its efforts to facilitate the latest round of peace talks with Taliban.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office said on Thursday that Khalilzad held talks with senior Pakistani officials in Islamabad to discuss progress in the Afghan peace process.
In his fifth visit to the region, Khalilzad arrived at the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Friday for a meeting with Pakistan’s foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi. His delegation included officials from the US State Department and the National Security Council.
The US envoy is on a mission to expedite the Afghan peace process as the war in the war-torn country enters its 19th year. He has held a series of meetings with the Pakistani leadership as part of Washington’s renewed push to bring Taliban to the negotiating table.
During the meeting, Qureshi reaffirmed Islamabad’s stance to facilitate the peace process and stressed that bringing peace in the region was a shared responsibility.
Khalil thanked Pakistan for brokering the recently-held talks between the US and Afghan Taliban representatives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). “We respect Islamabad’s efforts to push for the Afghan peace process,” he said.
The three-day parleys were attended by representatives of Taliban, the US as well as officials from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
It was the first time that Taliban’s military and political leaders attended a negotiation – something that has renewed hopes of a possible peace deal. They had been only represented by their political office in Qatar previously.
The presence of the Taliban political representatives, like Mullah Amir Mutaqi, Qari Yahya, Mullah Mohibullah Hamas and Mullah Abbas Akhund at the UAE talks suggests seriousness of the insurgent group towards the latest round of peace talks facilitated by Pakistan.
(Sahar News)

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