Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Pakistan Proposes Mediation Between Afghanistan and the Taliban

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She also stated the Taliban in Afghanistan does not seem to be ready for peace talks asserting that any such talks have to be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned. "The United States and the global communities strongly support the path to peace that President Ghani laid out in his speech", she said.

Without elaborating how he intends to involve the militant group's representatives in both national elections as well as a review of the Afghan charter, Ghani has shared at least his vision with the Taliban.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muham¬mad Asif on Thursday said his country will not act as United States' proxy.

"We reinforce our call to the Taliban to begin direct talks with the Afghan government with no preconditions", Bass said.


On Feb 27, US Army General Joseph Votel, head of the USA military's Central Command, said the US is seeing some "positive indicators" from Pakistan showing it is becoming more responsive to US concerns about alleged militant safe havens in the country but Islamabad has yet to make a strategic shift. "And your view that we talk to them and accept their legitimacy is the same formula adopted by America to win the war", a Taliban spokesman responded to Rubin's letter. The peace conference, which is in its second iteration, drew representatives from more than 20 countries and global organizations - but not the Taliban.

But Pakistan, the minister said, is in the process of correcting its foreign policy to wanting to be "close to friends in the region".

"The meeting represented a historic step forward in demonstrating the resolve of the Afghan people, to commit a peace process that brings an end to the war with the Taliban", Nauert told reporters at a news conference. We will not sacrifice our interests for serving USA interests. It appears that this reality has dawned upon Kabul and Washington many years later and that too because Taliban still control over 60% of Afghanistan and it is hard to wipe them out from Afghan scene through use of force.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump had also suspended military aid to Pakistan since it was not doing enough to eliminate terrorism on its soil.

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