Afghanistan opens peace summit amid talks with U.S., Taliban

Afghanistan opens peace summit amid talks with U.S., Taliban

There will be no enduring peace in Afghanistan unless the Taliban adapt to the changes that have swept the country since they were ousted in 2001, a USA diplomat said Sunday.

"Pakistan will make all diplomatic and security efforts to make the peace process a success".

Imran Khan had recently in a statement said that the Afghanistan conflict has brought great suffering for both Afghanistan and Pakistan over last 40 years.

Pakistan, he said, was highly dismayed by the surge of violence in Afghanistan from all sides.

"Ambassador Khalilzad and Ambassador Wells will hold meetings - part of regular consultations, on bilateral relationship and Afghan peace process", the Foreign Office announced on Sunday. "Pakistan implores all parties to recognize the importance of the moment and seize it. Pakistan has committed all diplomatic and security capital to success of peace process", Imran Khan added.


Briefing the media during Zalmay's last visit to India, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, in January had said, "whether Pakistan's role was discussed, you know there is something which I have articulated time and again about the destabilizing role, in a way, which Pakistan plays".

"If the Taliban insist on going back to the system they used to have, in my personal opinion it means the continuation of war not peace", Khalilzad, who was born in Afghanistan, told the private television station Tolo News.

"Our focus is on terrorism".

"That is the first step for further discussion, but there has been no proper progress yet", he said, adding that Washington was "a bit impatient" to end the war, given its $45 billion annual cost to the United States taxpayer and the continued toll it takes on USA forces.

"We are seeking peace and [a] political settlement".


Ghani in his address categorically stated that all Afghans earnestly want to end the war and restore lasting peace in their country, calling upon the participants of the Jirga to debate freely and prepare a comprehensive guideline for the government to initiate negotiation with the Taliban that could yield the desired results.

The talks have so far cut out the government of President Ashraf Ghani, whom the Taliban view as a U.S. stooge.

Over three thousand Afghans congregated in Kabul on Monday for a rare consultative meeting aimed at finding ways to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban and end Afghanistan's war.

However, the US, Russia and China said they "encourage" the Taliban to speak "as soon as possible" with a "broad, representative Afghan delegation that includes the government".


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