Pakistan Invites Taliban Factions For Direct Talks With Kabul

As the timeline for facilitating direct peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban gets closer, Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs on Friday called on split Taliban factions to send their delegations for direct discussions with the Afghan government scheduled for Islamabad next week.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (HPC) has welcomed the announcement made by the Pakistani government, saying Islamabad is taking practical steps to facilitate direct talks between the Afghan government and Taliban hardliners.

“This is the first practical measure toward convening direct negotiations and it helps the Afghan government to get closer to its objectives. I hope that these talks will bring results,” HPC member Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar said.

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