ISLAMABAD: President Donald Trump’s level man for Afghanistan on Friday held essential talks with senior Pakistani civil and army authorities as a part of ongoing efforts to hunt a peaceable finish to the lingering battle in Afghanistan.
Zalmay Khalilzad, US particular envoy and chief negotiator on Afghan peace, arrived within the federal capital from Doha the place he held talks with the Afghan delegation headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
This was the primary face-to-face assembly between the 2 sides since September when US President Donald Trump unexpectedly suspended talks, citing an assault in Kabul during which an American soldier was killed.
Trump paid a shock Thanksgiving go to to Afghanistan final month and stated the US and the Taliban had been engaged in ongoing peace talks and the Taliban needed a ceasefire.
Nonetheless, the actual purpose for the US strolling away from the peace talks was the variations inside the Trump administration, with some thought-about the draft deal as a doc of give up.
The draft deal agreed between the Taliban and the US in September envisaged a timeframe for the American troops withdrawal in return for rebel teams, giving agency assurances of not permitting the Afghan soil for use once more by any terrorist organisations.
Nonetheless, there was no point out of the ceasefire or intra-Afghan dialogue within the proposed deal.
The resumption of talks this week in Doha was primarily meant to persuade the Taliban to conform to a truce in addition to willingness to speak to the opposite Afghan teams together with the federal government.
The Taliban have to date resisted these calls for, insisting that they’d focus on such points as soon as the deal is finalised with the US.
The Trump administration; nevertheless, desires the Taliban to include the 2 calls for within the ongoing negotiations.
For this function, Khalilzad was in Islamabad the place he held separate talks with Overseas Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Military chief Normal Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Diplomatic sources stated Khalizad briefed the Pakistani authorities on the progress of talks he held with the Taliban in Doha in addition to future plan of action.
The US is believed to have urged Pakistan to steer the Taliban to indicate flexibility on the problems of ceasefire and intra-Afghan dialogue.
A press release issued by the Overseas Workplace stated, the overseas minister underlined the necessity for a political settlement of the 18-year-long conflict in Afghanistan. Qureshi additionally assured the visiting US diplomat of Pakistan’s honest and all-out help to make the continued course of profitable.
On the Normal Headquarters, Khalilzad referred to as on the military chief. He was additionally accompanied by US Ambassador in Pakistan Paul Jones.
“Regional safety scenario with specific reference to ongoing Afghan reconciliation course of was mentioned,” stated a quick assertion issued by the Inter-Providers Public Relations (ISPR).
In the meantime, US negotiators are taking a “temporary pause” from talks with the Taliban after the militants launched a suicide assault on a US base exterior Kabul killing two civilians, Particular Envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad stated on Friday.
“I met Talibs immediately, I expressed outrage about assault on Bagram,” Khalilzad wrote on Twitter, referring to the assault on Bagram air base on Wednesday which killed two folks and injured greater than 70 others.
“We’re taking a quick pause for them to seek the advice of their management on this important matter,” he added.
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen stated Friday’s assembly was “superb and pleasant”. “Either side determined to renew the talks after a number of days of break for session,” he stated.
The assault on Bagram base got here regardless of the resumption of talks between the US and the rebel group days earlier than in Qatar, because the events search for a path to cut back violence and even attain a ceasefire, permitting a gradual withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan.
Tens of hundreds of Afghan civilians, safety officers and greater than 2,400 American service members have been killed within the nearly two-decade-old conflict. There are at present about 13,000 US forces in Afghanistan in addition to hundreds of different NATO troops.
US officers have stated U.S. forces might drop to eight,600 and nonetheless perform an efficient, core counter-terrorism mission in addition to some restricted advising for Afghan forces.
With further enter from Reuters