Taliban delegation meets US envoy Khalilzad in Pakistan

Almost a month after the United States President Donald Trump called off talks with the Taliban, its special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad met Taliban leader in Pakistan.

According to foreign media reports that quoted the Pakistan Foreign Ministry said the meeting occurred on Thursday and lasted for more than an hour.

The development was confirmed by a former Taliban member in Kabul who maintains close ties to the group’s leadership, another report suggests.

However, the US State Department is yet to comment on the meeting but said that Khalilzad travelled to Islamabad to meet Pakistani officials.

But reports quoting sources said that Khalilzad has met the Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the movement that was ousted in 2001 by the US-led coalition

An official statement by the US state department said that the Khalilzad’s trip to Pakistan did not represent a re-start of the Afghan Peace Process.

Donald Trump had on September 7 called off the talks with the insurgent group in the wake of Kabul terror attack.

Slamming the terrorist group, Trump in a series of tweets also disclosed details about a meeting with Afghan president and Taliban delegation, which was schedule to take place in US but was cancelled.

Two days before, at least 10 civilians were killed, including a US service member in a suicide car bombing attack in Kabul.

The attack that wounded more than 40 people was claimed by the Taliban.

This was the terror attack that Trump cited for cancelling the talks, whose responsibility was taken by Taliban.

The US and the Taliban had held nine round of peace talks aimed at ending the 18-year long war in Afghanistan.

However, the talks happened without any delegation presence of the Afghan government, which was one of the conditions of the Taliban before agreeing for talks.

The Taliban calls the current Afghan government as a puppet of the US and have called to postpone the election before any negotiations with them.

Despite talks on one side with the US, the attacks and violence have not stopped in the country.

 

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