Pakistan welcomes much-awaited intra-Afghan dialogue

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Pakistan welcomes much-awaited intra-Afghan dialogue

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday welcomed the current announcement by the Afghan management concerning the formation of a negotiation staff for the mu

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday welcomed the current announcement by the Afghan management concerning the formation of a negotiation staff for the much-awaited intra-Afghan dialogue.

In an announcement, the Overseas Workplace hoped the formation of official staff by Afghan authorities would pave the best way in the direction of the graduation of intra-Afghan dialogue course of.

“Pakistan believes it is a vital step reflecting dedication of the management to in accordance precedence to peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan,” the assertion mentioned.

It added that the US-Taliban Peace Settlement has supplied a historic alternative to ascertain sturdy peace and stability in Afghanistan, which might be realised by resolving variations, eschewing recrimination, working constructively collectively, and cooperating within the supreme curiosity of the nation.

“We hope that each one the events involved will pursue discount in violence as a standard trigger in its earnest,” the assertion famous.

It additional mentioned Pakistan would proceed to help a peaceable, steady, united, democratic and affluent Afghanistan, at peace with itself and with its neighbours.

In the meantime in Kabul, the Afghan authorities representatives have met with the Taliban in Kabul for the primary time to debate a prisoner swap aimed toward jump-starting a floundering peace course of, officers mentioned on Wednesday.

The 2 sides met Tuesday and once more for a number of hours Wednesday in talks being noticed by the Worldwide Committee of the Purple Cross, Afghanistan’s Workplace of the Nationwide Safety Council mentioned on Twitter.

The 2 sides held face-to-face negotiations concerning the launch of Afghan Nationwide Protection and Safety Power personnel in addition to Taliban prisoners,” the safety council mentioned.

It was the primary time the hardline Islamists had been invited to the Afghan capital to satisfy immediately with authorities officers since they have been toppled within the US-led invasion of 2001.

The 2 sides had spoken beforehand in a video convention to debate the prisoner situation.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid instructed AFP {that a} “technical staff” was in Kabul purely to facilitate the prisoner swap, and never for added negotiations.

“The prisoners to be launched ought to be these whose names are on the checklistthat’s the reason our technical staff is there… it isn’t a negotiation, and there shall be no political talks there”, Mujahid mentioned.

Two Taliban sources — one from the group’s management council and the opposite from their political workplace in Doha — instructed AFP the three-member Taliban delegation travelled from Quetta in Pakistan to Kandahar late Monday, after which flew to Kabul.

The Doha supply mentioned there was nonetheless some dispute over the preliminary prisoner launch numbers.

If the 2 sides can attain an settlement, the discharge would start Saturday, the supply mentioned.

And on Wednesday, a roadside bomb killed not less than seven civilians together with six youngsters in southern Helmand province. Authorities blamed the blast on the Taliban.

With extra enter from AFP