Pakistan ‘Welcomes’ US-Taliban Talks in Doha

Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesman Asim Iftikhar said they have “welcomed” the resumption of talks between the United States and the Taliban.  had reiterated his country’s position that the world community needs to engage with the Taliban.

This would be the first meeting between US and Taliban officials since the group’s takeover of Afghanistan on 15 August, following US withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of presence.

“The US-Taliban talks would be a welcome development, as we have been saying, encouraging and advocating enhanced engagement of the international community with Afghanistan in order to help address its challenges,” said Iftikhar.

US State Department Spokesman Ned Price had earlier said US Special Representative on Afghanistan Tom West will visit Doha, Qatar’s capital city for two days of talks with the Taliban.

Price said the agenda for talks would be the US’s “vital national interest” in Afghanistan, which “includes counterterrorism, that includes a safe passage for US citizens and for Afghans to whom we have a special commitment, and that includes humanitarian assistance and the economic situation of the country”.

Foreign Ministry spokesman, Abdul Qahar Balkhi said the delegation consists of representatives from the Ministries of Education, Health, Finance, Security, and Da Afghanistan Bank.

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