Row in Kabul MFA and Presidency over Taliban Talks in Pakistan

In an attempt to recommence talks with the Taliban it is apparent that the US Special Envoy for Afghan Reconciliation Process Zalmay Khalilzad is in Islamabad to hold a meeting with Taliban political delegation in Pakistan.

The Taliban delegation that has been warmly received in Islamabad is hoping that the talks will recommence and towards this end there are some moves that would be evident that may have been triggered by Pakistan Prime Minister’s appeal to US President Donald Trump to go back to the talks table as there is no military solution to the challenge.

Meanwhile the Afghan government is apparently having differences over the talks in Pakistan while the ministry of foreign affairs has taken a pragmatic view on the issue, the Presidential office has opposed negotiations stating that these have to be Afghan owned and led reflecting the different positions that were held by the President Ashraf Ghani and the CEO Dr Abdullah Abdullah

The Afghan Foreign Ministry said Friday that discussions have begun in Islamabad regarding a restart of peace talks,

“This time we hope Pakistanis work honestly and effectively with the Afghan government to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table,” said Ahmadi as per Tolonews ........................

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