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Sharif makes strong pitch for Kabul-Taliban talks

Sharif makes strong pitch for Kabul-Taliban talks

Sep 22, 2016 - 09:54

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Negotiations between the Afghan government and the Talibaninfo-icon can end decades of conflict and suffering in Afghanistaninfo-icon, believes Pakistaninfo-icon’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistan has been cooperating with the Afghan-led reconciliation drive in response to requests from President Ashraf Ghani, Sharif told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

He acknowledged there had been setbacks, but they did not provide a sufficient reason to abandon the path of peace and rely on the military option that had failed to stabilise Afghanistan.

Conflict and chaos in Afghanistan had led to grave security and economic consequences for his country because of the nearly 3 million Afghan refugees living there, the premier added.

After 15 years of the current war in Afghanistan, the international community agreed that the only road to lasting peace was dialogue between Kabulinfo-icon and the Afghan Taliban. He said

“Based on this belief in a negotiated peaceand in response to requests from President Ghani, we have been facilitating the process of reconciliation in Afghanistan,” a statement from his office quoted Sharif as saying.




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