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Pakistan-US differences on Afghanistan persist

Pakistan-US differences on Afghanistan persist

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Apr 24, 2018 - 12:43

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Fresh talks between the United States and Pakistaninfo-icon have failed to narrow down their differences on Afghanistaninfo-icon and other regional issues.

Ambassador Alice Wells, State Department’s senior diplomat, met Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua in Islamabad on Monday in the latest attempt to find a common ground.

“Once again, the negotiations failed to make progress on Afghanistan,” a source in Foreign Office confided to Pajhwok Afghan News on Tuesday.

A key sticking point is Washington’s call for concrete action against safe havens of the Haqqani networkinfo-icon, Quetta Shurainfo-icon and Lashkar-i-Taiba on Pakistan’s soil.

The official said Pakistan reiterated its position that it had already done what it could to vanquish all insurgent outfits. He denied Islamabad was stilling following the policy of good and bad terrorists.

According to the official, who did not want to be named, the involvement of a US defence attaché in a road accident that killed a Pakistan man also figured at the talks.

Wells visited Islamabad for meetings with senior officials, the US embassy in Islamabad said. “She discussed the status of the United States’ South Asia strategy and efforts to make progress on regional security and stability.”

No concrete progress as could be achieved in the fresh round of dialogue, the Foreign Office source said, acknowledging Islamabad and Washington was yet to agree on an endgame in Afghanistan.

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