The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Optimisms as US, Taliban set to meet in UAE

During the current year, US President Donald Trump has asked Pakistan two times to help in Afghanistan peace effort besides that the country has increased its economic pressures on Pakistan.
Besides, regional countries in particular Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and China have asked Pakistan for cooperation with Afghanistan government in accelerating peace efforts. Political figures in Pakistan as officials of Khyber Pakhtonkhwa and the country’s top political figure Mahmoud Khan Achakzai have also asked central government of Pakistan repeatedly to take practical step towards maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Last week, Chinese foreign minister in a three-way meeting between Afghanistan, Pakistan and China asked the armed Taliban group to join the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Islamabad has facilitated the dialogue between US officials and representatives of the Taliban group at Washington’s request.
Prime Minister Khan told a public gathering Friday in the northwestern city of Peshawar that Washington has changed its tune by requesting help instead of saying Islamabad is not doing enough, as U.S. officials have previously insisted.
According to media reports, representatives from the Afghan Taliban met U.S. officials in the United Arab Emirates on Monday. Reports also said that representatives from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the UAE also took part in the meeting, which follows at least two meetings between Taliban officials and U.S. special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Qatar.
The meetings come as diplomatic efforts to resolve the Afghan conflict have intensified, although the Taliban have so far refused to deal directly with Afghanistan government in Kabul.
This comes as reports had emerged earlier suggesting that the meeting between the U.S. officials and Taliban group leaders would take place in Islamabad on Monday.
US secretary of state’s special envoy to Afghanistan on peace and reconciliation Khalilzad, leading the US negotiating team with the Taliban group, is on his 18-day visit to the region. He has traveled to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Belgium in his bid to build support for an Afghan peace process. The special envoy also plans to travel to the U.A.E. and Qatar, which host Taliban negotiators. Zalmay Khalilzad, one of US top diplomats, has been appointed by US Secretary of State as the country’s special envoy on Afghanistan reconciliation to end the US long war of the history in Afghanistan.The people of Afghanistan are anticipating that Khalilzad can play effective role in ending the current crisis in Afghanistan as he familiarizes with situation in the country.
Abdul Hadi Quraishi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.