Pakistan, US, Taliban, peace talks

Pakistan urges US, Taliban to re-engage in peace talks

Pakistan on September 8 reiterated its principled policy stance that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, urging all sides to re-engage in talks for lasting peace.

Hours after the United States announced suspension of talks with Taliban for the Afghan peace process, Pakistan urged all parties to re-engage to find negotiated peace from the ongoing political settlement process.

The Foreign Office (FO), in a statement, said: “Pakistan looks for optimised engagement following earliest resumption of talks.” 

FO said that Pakistan has been “facilitating the peace and reconciliation process in good faith and as a shared responsibility, and it has encouraged all sides to remain engaged with sincerity and patience”.

Earlier, Donald Trump had called off a secret summit with the Taliban and Afghanistan’s leader, abruptly slamming the door on a year of diplomacy to end US longest war.

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