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Next round of US-Taliban talks to be held in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and United States have decided to hold the next round of US-Taliban talks in Islamabad.

Senior anchorperson and journalist Hamid Mir told Geo News that the decision was taken during a meeting between Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and US Special Representatives for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad.

During the meeting, both the leaders discussed the stalled Afghan peace process.

During the meeting, Khalilzad told Qureshi that the Taliban were neither willing to sit down with the Afghan government nor a ceasefire.  The US representatives requested Pakistan to play its role to make the peace process successful.

Reports said that Pakistan decided to extend an invitation to the Afghan Taliban to come to Islamabad and hold talks there.

It is expected that Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar would also be part of the talks.

Khalilzad, who arrived in Pakistan a day ago as part of his four-nation tour, told Qureshi that the US leadership values Pakistan’s efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

FM Qureshi assured Khalilzad that Pakistan will continue its efforts to facilitate the Afghan-reconciliation process to bring peace and stability to the region. “We have a shared responsibility to work towards bringing peace in Afghanistan,” the minister said.

The US envoy thanked FM Qureshi for Islamabad’s role in facilitating talks between the US and the Taliban.