The Afghan Taliban have said that they will visit Pakistan and meet Prime Minister Imran Khan if they are formally invited for a meeting by Islamabad, BBC Urdu reported on Thursday (July 25), citing an official.
The Taliban’s announcement comes in response to PM Imran Khan’s statement during his recent visit to Washington, where he said that he would meet the Taliban and convince them for a meeting with Afghan government. “We want peace in Afghanistan, Pakistan will do everything to help the Taliban come on the dialogue table so that there is peace,” PM Imran Khan had said.
Speaking to the BBC via telephone from Doha, Afghan Taliban spokesperson Sohail Shaheen said if they would visit Pakistan if they are given a formal invitation. We often visit regional countries and would surely go there because Pakistan is our neighbor and Muslim country, he was quoted as saying.
“We visit regional and neighbouring countries from time to time, so if Pakistan formally invites us we will go because Pakistan too is our neighbour and a Muslim country,” he was quoted as saying in the report.
On the other hand, the State Department spokesperson further said that PM Imran during the meeting with President Trump vowed to urge the Taliban to negotiate with Afghan government and we thinks that this is an important step as we are also committed to peace in Afghanistan. Morgan Ortagus said that a number of issues were discussed during meeting of PM Khan with President Trump and Secretary of State and added that now it is time to build upon success of these meetings and commitments.
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