Pakistan welcomes resumption of US-Taliban talks

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan has welcomed the announcement regarding the resumption of the US-Taliban talks.

“We hope that it will lead to intra-Afghan negotiations and ultimately to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Thursday.

The statement said that Pakistan encourages all parties to the conflict to engage constructively as a shared responsibility.

It further said that Pakistan has always maintained that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. “An inclusive peace and reconciliation process, involving all segments of the Afghan society, is the only practical way forward,” it added.

US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to rejoin talks with Taliban in Doha

Earlier on Wednesday, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul and met the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to exchange views related to the peace process.

Zalmay Khalilzad will rejoin the talks with Taliban in the Qatari Capital Doha to discuss steps that could lead to peaceful settlement of the Afghan conflict.