Ashraf Ghani

Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to resume talks with Taliban

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and Afghanistan today agreed to resumption of peace reconciliation process with Taliban.

The announcement in this regard was made by Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani and Advisor to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz at a joint press conference held at the Foreign Office on the sidelines of ‘Heart of Asia’ conference.

Answering a query whether Haqqani Network and other groups will also be included in the reconciliation process, the Afghanistan foreign minister said they would be welcomed provided they renounced violence and gave up arms.

Both agreed that close cooperation between NDS the Afghan security agency and ISI was essential to counter terror threats. Both also agreed to give up the blame game between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Both sides agreed to ensure dignified and honourable repatriation of refugees to Afghanistan.

Rabbani underscored Pakistan’s role in peace and reconciliation process.

Answering a question Sartaj said both sides had decided to send delegations to draw out the modalities. “An Afghan delegation will soon be visiting Pakistan to discuss and finalise modalities,” he said.
“Daesh said it was an international problem and the international community has already started making concerted efforts to counter its threat. Pakistan is part of the effort making nations,” Sartaj said.


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