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World Afghan official Abdullah in Pakistan for talks on peace bid

13:20  28 september  2020
13:20  28 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Senior Afghan peace official Abdullah Abdullah arrived in Pakistan on Monday for meetings in a country seen as vital to the success of Afghan talks Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have long been rocky. Afghanistan and its international allies have for years accused Pakistan of

ISLAMABAD: Afghan dignitary Dr Abdullah Abdullah is due on Monday on an official three-day visit, the Foreign Office said on Sunday. “The visit will provide an opportunity for wide-ranging exchange of views on the Afghan peace process and strengthening of Pakistan - Afghanistan bilateral relations

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Abdullah Abdullah, Shah Mehmood Qureshi are posing for a picture: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi bumps elbows with the head of the Afghanistan's peace council, Abdullah Abdullah, upon his arrival at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) office in Islamabad © Reuters/MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi bumps elbows with the head of the Afghanistan's peace council, Abdullah Abdullah, upon his arrival at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) office in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Senior Afghan peace official Abdullah Abdullah arrived in Pakistan on Monday for meetings in a country seen as vital to the success of Afghan talks aimed at ending decades of war.

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Former Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah was recently named chairman of the newly established High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR)

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During his three-day visit to Islamabad, Abdullah, a former foreign minister and chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, will meet Prime Minister Imran Khan as well as Pakistan's foreign minister.

Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have long been rocky. Afghanistan and its international allies have for years accused Pakistan of backing Taliban insurgents as a way to limit the influence of old rival India in Afghanistan.

a group of people posing for the camera: Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Commerce and Investment walks with Head of the Afghanistan's peace council, Abdullah Abdullah, upon his arrival in Islamabad © Reuters/MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Commerce and Investment walks with Head of the Afghanistan's peace council, Abdullah Abdullah, upon his arrival in Islamabad

Pakistan denies that and in turn accuses Afghanistan of letting anti-Pakistan militants plot attacks from Afghan soil, which Afghanistan denies.

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Most Afghans would welcome Pakistan 's unlocking the peace talks and contributing to them with genuine intentions. After all, following the withdrawal--or serious reduction--of US forces in Afghanistan , Afghan leaders understand that what counts most for a landlocked country is its

Pakistan is one of those states that wanted to see the deal go through. For Islamabad, the cancellation of the talks has come as a surprise. The impression in Pakistan ’s policymaking circles is one of disappointment. The next time the Pakistanis want the Taliban to make concessions or begin

"Pakistan fully supports all efforts for peace," its foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement.

"The visit of Dr Abdullah Abdullah will contribute to further strengthening amity, brotherhood and close cooperation."

The United States has acknowledged Pakistan's help in fostering Afghan peace efforts including in encouraging the Taliban to negotiate.

The U.S. special representative for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said last week the United States and its allies were looking at an agreement between Afghanistan and Pakistan so that neither side's territory would be used to attack the other.

a group of people walking down a dirt road: FILE PHOTO: A soldier stands guard along the border fence outside the Kitton outpost on the border with Afghanistan in North Waziristan © Reuters/CAREN FIROUZ FILE PHOTO: A soldier stands guard along the border fence outside the Kitton outpost on the border with Afghanistan in North Waziristan

Khalilzad was the architect of a February pact between the United States and the Taliban allowing U.S. troops to withdraw from Afghanistan in exchange for Taliban guarantees on international terrorism.

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A very sad song by Ustad Muqurai for the poor people of Afghanistan .

U.S special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad after holding separate meetings with Afghan leaders on peace process, concluded his visit to Afghanistan on Sunday.

But Prime Minister Khan, in an opinion piece in the Washington Post on Saturday, expressed concern that Afghanistan could again be used as a haven for international militant groups and warned that a "hasty international withdrawal from Afghanistan would be unwise".

There have also been concerns that the Afghan peace process could increase militancy in Pakistan as fighters now in Afghanistan seek refuge on the Pakistani side of the border.

Afghan and Taliban negotiators have been meeting in Doha since Sept. 12 hoping to agree on a ceasefire and a power-sharing deal.

But they have been bogged down on principles and procedures for talks even before discussing their agenda.

(Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield; additional reporting by Rupam Jain and Abdul Qadir Sediqi; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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