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Taliban meeting: Pakistan says wants durable peace in Afghanistan

Pakistan says will facilitate Afghan peace process

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 16, 2020 | Last Updated: 12 months ago
Posted: Dec 16, 2020 | Last Updated: 12 months ago

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (2R) greets Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar (left) upon his arrival with delegation at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on October 3, 2019. File photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met a Taliban delegation today in Islamabad, and has said that Pakistan desires durable peace in Afghanistan, Radio Pakistan reported.

The delegation is part of the Qatar-based political office of the Taliban and is led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. It arrived in Pakistan today and will stay until December 18.

Qureshi said that Pakistan played a reconciliatory role in the agreement between the Afghan Taliban and the US in Doha in February. He said that an agreement on the rules for the talks is a welcome development.

Qureshi in a press briefing today said that Pakistan has shared its views with the delegation for a “peaceful and stable Afghanistan”. He said that the next phase of talks will start on January 5.

Talks between Taliban, Afghan government

The talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government are part of a peace agreement signed between the US and the insurgent group in February this year. Under the agreement, the US will pull out its troops from Afghanistan within 14 months.

The negotiations were to be held after the release of 5,000 Taliban fighters under the agreement between the insurgent group and the US. However, Kabul by August had released around 4,000 Taliban prisoners and there is a deadlock on the release of the remaining ‘hardcore’ militants.

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