Pakistan has expressed the hope that the U.S.-Taliban talks, which were abruptly suspended over the weekend, would soon resume and open the way towards intra-Afghan negotiations that would lead to a peaceful settlement of the long-drawn conflict in Afghanistan.
“We hope the suspension of the peace talks is only a pause and will resume sooner rather than later as the alternative is a surge in violence, which could push Afghanistan into even more turbulent and uncertain phase than has been witnessed so far,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told the UN Security Council, while assuring of Pakistan’s role as a facilitator of the Afghan peace process.
Speaking in a debate on the situation in Afghanistan, she said Pakistan had always condemned violence and called for all sides to exercise restraint and to remain committed to the peace process out of its belief that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump dropped a bombshell when he tweeted to cancel the secret summit at Camp David with Afghan Taliban and Afghan president. The reason for this abrupt cancellation was given that Afghan Taliban continues to attack Kabul and US and NATO troops. One US and Romanian soldier was killed in a recent attack on Kabul. The Taliban claim the responsibility of that attack.
His tweet came as a big surprise for many those who were optimistic about a possible deal and agreement between US and Afghan Taliban. The president Trump planned a secret summit separately with Afghan Taliban leaders and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani.
The planned summit at presidential retreat Camp David in Maryland was never made public and was kept secret. The main aim of this summit was to bring both sides to the negotiations table. The cancellation of Camp David summit is a big blow to the yearlong peace negotiations between US and Afghan Taliban.
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20 September, 2019