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Wells due in Islamabad for talks on Afghanistan

Wells due in Islamabad for talks on Afghanistan

Jul 02, 2018 - 11:18

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): US President Donald Trump’s point person for the region is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad for talks on the need for bringing Afghan Talibaninfo-icon to the negotiating table.

Ambassador Alice Wells, a senior State Department diplomat, who has just concluded her trip to Kabulinfo-icon, is due to meet Pakistaninfo-icon’s Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and other officials in Islamabad.

The two sides would explore ways of resuming the Afghan reconciliation process ahead of the parliamentary elections in the neighbouring country, a foreign ministry official said.

Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity, the official believed the Taliban could return to talks after the successful Eid ceasefire, which ended two days ago.

He added both Afghanistaninfo-icon and the United States were in a push to reach a deal with the militant movement before the October 20 Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon and district council elections.

Ahead of her arrival in Islamabad, the US envoy said in Kabul the Taliban’s failure to engage in talks on ending the conflict was unacceptable and asked Pakistan to mount pressure on the group.

“Increasingly I think it’s becoming simply unacceptable for the Taliban not to negotiate,” Wells said, adding the US and Afghan governments were ready for talking without preconditions.


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