Afghan Taliban to hold talks with US in Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 14, IRNA -- Afghan Taliban have said they would hold negotiations with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and US envoy this month in Islamabad to discuss Afghan issue, local media reported.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said by the formal invitation of the government of Pakistan another meeting is scheduled to take place between the negotiation teams of the Taliban and United States in Islamabad on February 18. The negotiation team of the Taliban is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Imran Khan to hold comprehensive discussions about Pak-Afghan relations and issues pertaining to Afghan refugees and Afghan businessmen, he added.

Earlier Zalmay Khalilzad, US envoy had held extensive talks with Taliban last month in Qatar, where the Taliban have an office.

President Ashraf Ghani — who has expressed frustration at being sidelined from recent talks — flew to Munich on Wednesday to attend an international security conference, his office said.

News reports last month had suggested that Islamabad was open to hosting the next round of talks with Taliban.
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