Pakistan can live without U.S. help, says Pakistan foreign minister

Glen Mclaughlin
January 20, 2018

The Taliban have quietly sent political negotiators to Pakistan from its Qatar-based office amid a new diplomatic push for encouraging peace talks between parties to the Afghanistan war.

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

The Kabul visit of UN Security Council members came ahead of the Kabul Process meeting next month where the Afghan government is expected to present its strategy for reaching a settlement with the armed opposition.

Wells said: "It is inaccurate to say that the Taliban have occupied 43 per cent of Afghanistan's territory; they have occupied only 12 per cent territory of Afghanistan". "The U.S. policy on Afghanistan is working". They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. Wells said the United States wanted that the continuing presence of the Haqqani network and other terrorist groups within Pakistan's territory must be adequately addressed. Pakistan denies providing sanctuary for the Taliban.

Ms Haley did not specify what measures could be taken to pressure Pakistan, but the council does have the power to impose sanctions. "We have to stand up to those who accuse us of harbouring terrorists", he remarked.

This apart, United States also suspended additional aid of $ 2 billion to Pakistan.

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But he said "the message of the Afghan government was very reassuring from the point of view of continuing efforts to find the peaceful resolution to all the outstanding issues".

The Taliban supreme leader Mullah Hebatullah has reportedly approved the visit of a Taliban delegation to Islamabad for preliminary talks on exploring ways to revive peace talks.

Reuters reported that a second back-channel meeting occurred over the weekend in Turkey, where it said individuals with Taliban connections met with representatives of Hizb-i Islami, the party of a former Taliban-allied commander who past year laid down arms to join Afghan politics.

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.

Russian Federation is ready to provide a platform for direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, according to the Foreign Ministry Wednesday.

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

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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