American state media claims that Pakistan is going to arrange meeting between U.S. and Taliban officials on Monday (Dec 17) in the United Arab Emirates to push a political settlement to the war in Afghanistan and special representative for Afghan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, will lead the U.S. team at the talks in Abu Dhabi.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, in a brief statement sent to US media , has confirmed participation of its political negotiators in Monday’s meeting with American officials, but said that representatives of the host country, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia will also be in attendance.
The acknowledgement came a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan announced Pakistan had arranged another round of US peace talks with the Afghan Taliban scheduled for Monday. “The United States welcomes any actions by the Pakistani government to promote greater cooperation, including fostering negotiations between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and other Afghans,” a US embassy spokesperson in Kabul US media.
Earlier a White House official on Tuesday (Dec 4) confirmed that US President Donald Trump has requested Pakistan for help and support in Afghanistan Peace process. Prime Minister Imran has assured tom play role in Afghan peace process. The United States has also welcomed Pakistan’s action to promote a negotiated solution to the war in neighbouring Afghanistan.
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17 November, 2019