A Taliban 12-member delegation led by political deputy Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar met with Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Minister Shah Mahmmod Qureshi on Thursday, Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
The Pakistani Foreign Ministry hosted the meeting to provide an opportunity to resume US-Taliban peace talks.
Mullah Baradar was accompanied in his visit by Mullah Fazal Akhund, Mohammad Nabi Omari, Abdul Haq Waseeq, Khairullah Khairkhwa, Amir Khan Mutqi, Matiyah-ul-Haq Khalil, Abdul Salam Hanafi, Zia-ur-Rahman Madni, Shahab-ud-Din Dilawar, Syed Rasul Halim and Nebras-ul-Haq Aziz.
The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is also in Islamabad and holding talks with Pakistani officials, the US Embassy confirmed on Wednesday.
This comes several weeks after the US-Taliban talks were shut-down by the Trump administration following a Taliban bombing in Kabul that claimed the lives of 12 people, including an American soldier.