Stalled peace talks: Gen. Raheel expected in Kabul soon
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif is expected to arrive in Kabul in the near future to discuss with Afghan officials the revival of the second round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
The first round of peace talks between Taliban and Afghan government took place in Murree, a tourist resort near Islamabad, in the first week of July. The Pakistan-brokered talks were attended by US and Chinese representatives as observers.
However, the second round of talks was due the same month but was cancelled after the announcement of the death of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar.
On the sidelines of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process conference in Islamabad, it was agreed that the second phase of peace talks should be started. The meeting was attended by Afghan, Pakistani, US and Chinese officials.
The Pakistani media has reported that Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif, at the head of a high level government delegation, would be visiting Kabul in the near future to discuss the revival of peace talks.
The second phase of the peace talks would start in weeks after the visit of the Pakistan military chief, reports suggest.
In the first round of talks, Pakistan had played a vital role but in the second round, the US and China would be directly involved.
Some diplomatic sources in Kabul had said the second round of talks might start in two weeks.
Earlier, President Ashraf Ghani on his arrival in Kabul from Islamabad had said a high-level Pakistani delegation would be soon visiting Kabul.
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