Afghan, Pakistan officials meet in Kabul to talk differences

The Joint Press Release said that the meeting was held in a cordial environment and both delegations made some progress on the APAPPS.

Deputy Secretary of State John J Sullivan, who recently returned from a visit to strife-torn Afghanistan, said the USA also expects Pakistan to contribute to a lasting and enduring peace in the region.

The Pakistani delegation will be headed by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, while other officials will also attend the meeting, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal stated during weekly briefing in Islamabad.

The FO spokesperson also reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue to support efforts for peace in Afghanistan, but the Afghan government needs to reach a settlement with different Afghan groups.

Kabul: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has alleged that Pakistan is the "headquarters" of the Taliban.

Ghani, according to the palace, besides expressing gratitude to the USA for its support to Afghanistan, also stated that the Afghan government would not negotiate with terrorist groups.

Afghan and United States officials say the Haqqani network, a militant group affiliated with the Taliban and believed to be based in Pakistan, was responsible.

A high-level Afghan delegation visited Pakistan earlier this week to discuss important issues of mutual interest.

Afghanistan has long accused Pakistan of aiding terrorists by giving shelter and aid to leaders of the Taliban insurgency, a charge denied by Pakistan, which points to the thousands of its own citizens killed by militant violence over the years.

During the Saturday's meeting, Pakistan offered a joint investigation into the terrorist attacks in Kabul and urged the Afghan government to take action against anti-Pakistan terrorists stationed in Afghanistan. In a TV speech on Friday, Afghan President demanded that Pakistan should start taking immediate action against the insurgents instead of making pledges.

  • Jon Douglas