Date
18 January 2017
Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani (L) and Pakistan's National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz address a joint news conference in Islamabad on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani (L) and Pakistan's National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz address a joint news conference in Islamabad on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Afghanistan, Pakistan seek revival of Taliban peace talks

Afghanistan and Pakistan said Wednesday that they will work together to restart peace talks between the Kabul government and the Taliban within weeks.

The announcement came after a meeting between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the “Heart of Asia” conference in Islamabad, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“We very much hope that this effort will result in a result-oriented peace process where we will see some positive moves in the coming weeks,” Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani was quoted as saying.

“That may take some time, but we hope that this will start as soon as possible.”

Dialogue will be a challenge given news of fresh Taliban attack in Afghanistan. 

On Tuesday, at least 10 Taliban suicide bombers stormed the airfield in Kandahar city and launched a daylong attack that killed at least nine soldiers and 37 civilians.

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