Afghan Taliban delegation holds talks with FM Qureshi in Islamabad
Co-founder of the Taliban Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, along with his delegation, met on Thursday Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Islamabad.
According to a press release issued by the MOFA, the Afghan Taliban delegation and the foreign minister discussed the regional situation, the Afghan peace process and other issues of mutual interest.
The two leaders agreed that Afghanistan peace talk process halted by the United States last month should resume as soon as possible.”Both sides agreed on the need for the earliest resumption of the peace process,” the MOFA statement said. Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s support and said that it will continue to play it role as a mediator in the Afghan peace progress, local media reported.
Qureshi further said the world is now also endorsing Pakistan’s stance on Afghanistan. He maintained that war is no solution to any problem and stressed on the need for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan, revival of the peace process is important.
Taliban meets Pakistani foreign minister, calls for resumption of Afghan peace talks.
Top U.S. diplomat involved in talks with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad, is also in Islamabad. One senior Pakistani government official said that Taliban might meet Khalilzad. pic.twitter.com/rb4Eb1karx
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The Taliban delegation is in Pakstan to review the progress made under US-Taliban peace talks so far and to discuss the possibilities of resuming the paused political settlement process in Afghanistan. US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is also in Pakistan though it is not confirmed whether he will meet the Taliban.