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Only Afghan-led talks acceptable: Pakistan

Only Afghan-led talks acceptable: Pakistan

Jun 28, 2011 - 20:07

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday reassured the US that Pakistaninfo-icon remained committed to peace and reconciliation in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

“Pakistan sincerely desires peace and stability in the region to ensure development and prosperity,” he said in a statement which significantly emphasised that Islamabad only “supports Afghan-led reconciliation and peace process”.

Gilani also spoke to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and discussed the political process in Afghanistan and strains in Pakistan-US ties.

The US has said that the three meetings held with a group of Talibaninfo-icon representatives led by Tayyab Agha, an aide to Mullahinfo-icon Omar, in Qatar and Germany were just preliminary contacts.

The UK also confirmed last week that it was talking to the Taliban for a political settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Gilani stated Pakistan’s expectations about any political dialogue with Taliban.

“Efforts should be to create conducive environmentinfo-icon for negotiations leading to a situation acceptable to Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US.”

PAN Monitor/ma


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