A Pakistani official privy of the development said that strong differences emerged during the talks with allegations on Pakistan harboring terrorists, border fencing and repatriation of Afghan refugees were among the top.
“I would not say completely deadlocked, but rather that the talks have stalled. Both sides have indicated in their statements and tweets that there is still room for future engagement on issues where there was no meeting of minds. Some hope is still there for future talks though no dates were agreed upon,” a senior Pakistani official told The News.
Afghan foreign ministry said in a statement: “While some progress was made on the mechanism of cooperation, no progress was achieved on specific, results-oriented, time-bound measures in the APAPPS, particularly in the areas of counter terrorism, reduction of violence, peace and reconciliation to meet the priorities of Afghanistan”.
The second round of the APAPPS talks started on Friday morning but officially no comment was made regarding the meeting. Saturday saw the second day of talks which also included a working lunch at the Pakistani Foreign Office with Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua leading Pakistan’s delegation of senior civil and military officials.
The Afghan delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai left for Kabul in the evening.