• publish: 19 October 2015
  • time: 11:37 am
  • category: Politics
  • No: 1810

Breakthrough expected in halted Afghan peace talks, Pakistan says

Pakistani premier Mohammad Nawaz Sharif left on a state visit to Washington on Monday. Beside other issues, he is expected to talk to U.S. officials about the Afghan reconciliation process.

A high ranking Pakistani official is quoted by the country’s The Express Tribune news agency as saying that the halted talks between Afghan government and Taliban may resume soon.

The unnamed official has also said that the resumption of peace talks is arranged by behind-the-scene efforts of Pakistan and other stakeholders and that some progress is expected in the coming days.

“We have kept saying this for a long time that eventually we will have to go back to reconciliation,” he said. Now, he claimed, there would be some ‘breakthrough’ soon. “We are optimistic that detractors will fail and the reconciliation process will resume soon,” The Express Tribune quotes the unnamed official as saying.

The revival of the fragile peace process would be one of the key agenda items during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s upcoming visit to the US, the official said.

Mohammad Nawaz Sharif who left Islamabad for Washington this morning is expected to return home on October 25.

President Obama had said last week that he would urge Sharif to convince Taliban to resume peace talks with Afghan government.


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