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Taliban to visit Pakistan amid stalled US talks

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Published on October 06, 2019 with No Comments

A delegation of Taliban members,led by one of the group’s founders, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, will discuss “important issues” with Pakistani officials in capital, Islamabad, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen has said on Twitter.

The Taliban delegation plans to inform Pakistan’s leadership of the factors that derailed the talks with the United States aimed at striking a deal allowing US and other foreign troops to withdraw in exchange for Taliban security guarantees, said a Taliban official, who declined to be identified.

Since President Donald Trump ended talks with the Taliban, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and other officials have been urging the US to resume talks on ending nearly 18 years of fighting in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The Taliban and the US said last month they were close to reaching a deal, despite concerns among some US security officials and within the Afghan government that a US withdrawal could plunge the country into even more conflict.


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