Islamabad, Pakistan – The US Afghan peace envoy and Pakistan’s military chief have held talks to debate the graduation of a peace course of between the Afghan authorities and the Taliban, in response to a press release, as violence has recommenced after a quick ceasefire was introduced two weeks in the past.
US Particular Consultant for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad met with Pakistani military chief Normal Qamar Javed Bajwa in Islamabad on Sunday, the US and Pakistan’s navy stated in separate statements.
“The 2 took be aware of current progress created by the Eid ceasefire and accelerated prisoner releases in addition to decreased violence forward of intra-Afghan negotiations,” stated the US assertion on the assembly, launched on Monday.
The US stated Khalilzad “expressed his appreciation” in Pakistan’s function of bringing the Taliban to the negotiating desk.
“The 2 agreed peace in Afghanistan affords an unprecedented alternative to advance safety, connectivity and growth for the area,” stated the US assertion.
A Pakistani navy assertion on the assembly added that the problems of repatriating greater than two million Afghan refugees resident in Pakistan for many years and administration of the 2 international locations’ 2,500-km lengthy border had been additionally mentioned.
Pakistan started fencing the border to curb the motion of Taliban fighters three years in the past, a transfer that the Afghan authorities has rejected because it disputes the place of the border.
In February, the US and Afghan Taliban signed an historic settlement geared toward ending the US’s longest warfare, fought in Afghanistan since 2001.
The settlement signed within the Qatari capital Doha, known as for the gradual withdrawal of US troops by subsequent yr in return for safety ensures from the Taliban. It additionally known as for a prisoner swap between Kabul and the Afghan armed group.
The Taliban-US deal excluded any illustration from the Afghan authorities, however envisaged negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban.
After initially rejecting among the circumstances of the deal outright, the Afghan authorities has softened its stance in current weeks, permitting the discharge of a lot of Taliban prisoners.
On Might 23, a three-day ceasefire agreed between the 2 sides for the Muslim competition of Eid prolonged for nearly per week earlier than violence broke out once more.
On Friday, the US introduced that it had recommenced air raids on the Taliban, concentrating on fighters and commanders in western Farah and southern Kandahar provinces.
The air raids got here days after a roadside bomb killed seven civilians in northern Kunduz province and a mosque blast within the capital, Kabul, left two useless.