Three-member Taliban delegation visits Pakistan

Frederick Owens
January 20, 2018

Haley said the Afghan government is starting to see the Taliban concede, they are starting to see them move towards coming to the table.

While talks will be Afghan-led, Kabul did request that the Security Council weigh in to bring Pakistan on board.

"They continue to make 10 steps forward, and with Pakistan they feel like they continue to take steps backward", she said.

In a written statement, the ministry said Russian Federation is strongly in favor of the commencement of direct negotiations between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban in order to end the fratricidal civil war, and is ready to provide an appropriate platform. Pakistan denies providing sanctuary for the Taliban.

Khalilzad, who has also been the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, termed Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's statement over Mumbai attack mastermind and global terrorist Hafiz Saeed as very alarming.

Pakistani FM Khajawa Asif
Pakistani FM Khajawa Asif

The UN visit to Kabul came as a delegation of Taliban negotiators based in Qatar visited Islamabad to discuss restarting peace negotiations, media reported on January 17.

The former diplomat also asserted the on the need to impose travel and financial restrictions on individuals and states who support and have connections with terrorism.

The Taliban group spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid had earlier rejected the participation of the group's representatives in the unofficial talks that took place in Turkey.

It is yet not clear if the talks had any outcome or not but Monday's visit by Taliban delegation to Islamabad followed an unofficial meeting organized in Turkey.

Last year, the Kremlin organised further talks that included the Afghan government as well as India and Iran.

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