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First Pak-aided US-Taliban talks held in UAE

Islamabad: United States officials and Taliban representatives met in the United Arab Emirates on Monday for peace talks facilitated by Pakistan in negotiating settlements over Afghanistan war.

The meeting took place in Abu Dhabi was attended by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, US, Afghan and UAE officials.

Towards the end of the meeting with the parties there was no sign from any of the participant. However,  Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal officially made it public that round of talk begin in UAE today. He took to his twitter and announced:

“Alongside with International community and other stakeholders, Pakisatn is committed to peace and reconciliation in #Afghanistan. Talks are being held in UAE. We hope this will end bloodshed in Afghanistan and bring peace to the region.”

Part of his tweet was a mention by Pakistan Army whn there recently said during corps commander meeting, “hopes for success of ongoing Afghan reconciliation process while supporting all stakeholders to bring Afghan war to a peaceful logical conclusion”.

Since the appointment of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad as US special envoy for peace and reconciliation, It was a third meeting between Taliban officials and US representatives.

However, this is labelled the first meeting facilitated by Islamabad and also the first outside Doha which holds Afghan’s Taliban’s political office.

However, in the recent meeting Pakistan’s role is also put up and participation was also made from UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Ambassador Khalilzad led the US side, whereas Taliban officials at the dialogue were represented by their ‘political negotiators’ from Qatar office.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid had confirmed their participation in a meeting American officials. No afghan government member was found in the meeting because they considered their government to be puppet and preferred to talk directly to US.


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