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US values Pakistan’s role in Afghan peace talks: Khalizad

ISLAMABAD: United States (US) Special Envoy for the Afghan Reconciliation Process Zalmay Khalilzad appreciated Pakistan's role in facilitating talks between the US and Afghan Taliban in a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday, ARY News reported. "Washington valued Islamabad from the Afghan peace perspective," he added.Regional security issues and the Afghan reconciliation process were discussed during the meeting. "He briefed FM Qureshi on his recent engagements in the region for Afghan peace…

Taliban say no pact struck with US over deadline to end war

KABUL: A three-day meeting between the Tali­ban and the US special envoy for Afghanistan to pave the way for peace talks ended with no agreement, the militant group said a day after the diplomat declared a deadline of April 2019 to end the 17-year-long war. Afghanistan’s security situation has worsened since Nato formally ended combat operations in 2014, as the Taliban battle to re-impose Isla­mic laws following their overthrow in 2001 at the hands of US-led troops. Leaders of the hard line group met US special envoy…

US special envoy Khalilzad on four-nation visit including Pakistan

WASHINGTON: U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, will visit Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar from Nov. 8 to 20 to push for peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban, the State Department said on Thursday. Khalilzad met Taliban leaders in Qatar last month as part of efforts to find a way to end the 17-year-long war in Afghanistan, according to the Islamist group that was ousted from power by U.S.-led forces in 2001. “On his last trip to the region in October, Special…