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Afghan president thanks PM Khan for Pakistan's 'sincere facilitation' of peace efforts

Afghan president thanks PM Khan for Pakistan's 'sincere facilitation' of peace efforts

Since then, several attempts to resume the stalled peace process have been made by a four-nation group comprised of Pakistan, Afghanistan, the US and China.

Khalilzad will hold talks regarding the Afghan peace process and talks with the Taliban and the US Army's withdrawal from Afghanistan. No date for the next meeting has been confirmed yet.

US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Islamabad earlier on Thursday to hold delegation-level talks. The envoy is accompanied by a U.S. interagency delegation representing the Departments of Defence and State, and the National Security Council. "The FM assured Amb Khalizad of Pakistan's support for the peace process", Mohammad Faisal, spokesperson of Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted on Friday.

According to Taliban sources, the dispute highlights a split that has emerged among countries with an interest in the region, with Pakistan and the United States pushing the Taliban to open talks with Kabul and other countries supporting the Taliban's stance.

The armed group said the United States must pursue the peace talks with "sincere intentions" or it would be forced to stall all talks and negotiations until its "unlawful pressures and maneuvering" ended.

The statement accused Washington of seeking to expand the agenda, presumably a reference to a USA demand that the Taliban hold direct talks with the Afghan government.

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"Some meetings have taken place (among key stakeholders) for establishment of peace in Afghanistan". It was noted that taking the Afghan peace process forward remained a shared responsibility.

Prime Minister Imran Khan assured President Ghani that Pakistan was making honest efforts for a negotiated settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan through an inclusive peace process as part of shared responsibility. "Instead, they are insisting for Doha to be the venue of the meeting, where they have a political office and feel more comfortable", a senior military official told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity as he was not allowed to speak to the media on record.

"Pakistan sees Afghanistan as potentially providing strategic depth against India, but may also anticipate that improved relations with Afghanistan's leadership could limit India's influence in Afghanistan", said the report, a copy of which was made available to PTI. His visit to Islamabad is aimed at reviewing efforts for bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table.

Officials in Islamabad say Pakistan is keenly aware that Afghanistan will continue to need huge amounts of foreign aid to keep its shattered economy afloat after any peace settlement and have been working closely with the United States.

"We had 40 years of war so one should not expect a quick resolution of the crisis".