ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will host the following spherical of talks between the US and Afghan Taliban in Islamabad, it was selected Friday throughout a gathering between international minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and US particular envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, in response to a media report.

Quoting diplomatic sources, GEO Information reported that Pakistan determined to increase an invite to the Afghan Taliban representatives to return to Islamabad and maintain talks.

It’s anticipated that Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar would even be a part of the peace talks, it mentioned.

The choice to carry the following spherical of talks between the US and Afghan Taliban in Islamabad was taken on Friday throughout a gathering between Qureshi and Khalilzad, the report mentioned with out giving a date for the negotiations.

US President Donald Trump has been urgent Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to facilitate Afghan peace talks, with Washington reportedly making it a situation for a future summit between the 2 leaders in Washington.

Throughout the assembly between Qureshi and Khalilzad, the US particular consultant for Afghanistan reconciliation, the International Minister mentioned that the Taliban weren’t keen to take a seat with the Afghan administration nor had been they keen for a ceasefire, the report mentioned.

Khalilzad requested that Pakistan ought to play its function to make the dialogue profitable, it mentioned.

Khalilzad, who arrived in Pakistan on Thursday from Kabul, as a part of his four-nation tour, advised Qureshi that the US management values Pakistan’s efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

Khalilzad has held three spherical of talks with the Afghan Taliban to achieve a settlement that may enable the US to withdraw its military and finish a 17-year-old battle — America’s longest.

Qureshi assured Khalilzad that Pakistan will proceed its efforts to facilitate the Afghan-reconciliation course of to carry peace and stability to the area.

“We have now a shared duty to work in the direction of bringing peace in Afghanistan,” the minister mentioned.

A US-delegation comprising the representatives of the State Division and Defence and Nationwide Safety Council additionally attended the assembly.

Khalilzad is on his fifth go to to the area for Afghan reconciliation since he assumed workplace.

On Thursday, the US envoy met with international secretary Tehmina Janjua and mentioned progress on the Afghan peace course of.

Khalilzad has already visited India and met exterior affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on January 10.

India has been a key stakeholder within the peace and reconciliation course of in Afghanistan and has dedicated support value $three billion to the war-ravaged nation.

New Delhi has additionally been urgent for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace initiative to carry peace and stability within the war-ravaged nation.

The Afghan peace initiative has been transferring at a snail’s tempo as a consequence of refusal of the Taliban to take a seat for talks with the Afghan authorities officers.

Pakistan final 12 months launched senior Taliban chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar from imprisonment in an try and woo the militant group to have interaction in talks.

Baradar was deputy to the late Taliban supreme chief Mullah Muhammad Omar.

The report of Pakistan might host the following spherical of Afghan peace talks got here hours after a US Congressional report mentioned that Islamabad might view a weak and destabilised Afghanistan as preferable to a powerful and unified one.

“Pakistan might view a weak and destabilised Afghanistan as preferable to a powerful, unified Afghan state (significantly one led by a Pashtun-dominated authorities in Kabul; Pakistan has a big Pashtun minority),” the report ready by the Congressional Analysis Service mentioned.

“Pakistan sees Afghanistan as probably offering strategic depth in opposition to India, however may additionally anticipate that improved relations with Afghanistan’s management may restrict India’s affect in Afghanistan,” mentioned the report titled, “Afghanistan: Background and US Coverage in Temporary”.


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