Sunday, December 4, 2022

Taliban delegation to meet FM Qureshi to discuss Afghan peace process

Taliban delegation to meet FM Qureshi to discuss Afghan peace process
ISLAMABAD (92 News) - A delegation of the Afghan Taliban led by Abdul Ghani Baradar will meet on Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mehmood Qureshi today to discuss the Afghan peace process with the Pakistani leadership. A delegation of the Afghan Taliban led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar to discuss the Afghan peace process with the Pakistani leadership, at the invitation of the Foreign Office (FO). The delegation has reached Pakistan from Doha. The delegation will inform the Pakistani leadership regarding the current situation of Afghan peace talk agreement with America. Qureshi while addressing a press conference on Monday, had said that the Pakistani leadership would have a round of talks with the delegation as part of its efforts aimed at [building] mutual confidence. The foreign minister had added that Islamabad had invited the Taliban to Pakistan to stress the importance of talks, adding that negotiations were the "the only way forward" in Afghanistan. "This is for Afghans to reconcile, and our task is that of the facilitator," he said. "The main objective is to secure peace and the next phase should be the start of the intra-Afghan dialogue." Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said that the Afghan Taliban delegation is coming to Pakistan at the invitation of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. The delegation will hold talks with the Pakistani leadership on the Afghan reconciliation process. “A high-level Islamic Emirate [Taliban] delegation led by deputy political chief, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, has left for Pakistan upon the invitation of the country’s Foreign Ministry to discuss the latest on the peace process, state of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, [cross-border] travel of people, and trade between the two neighbours,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said in a series of tweets on Sunday. The spokesperson added that the delegation will hold talks with senior Pakistani officials about recent developments in Afghanistan’s peace process, relaxation and facilitation of peoples’ movement and trade between the two neighbouring countries, issues related to the Afghan refugees in Pakistan and other related topics.