In another significant breakthrough in the ongoing Afghanistan peace talks, Afghan Taliban announced last night that their negotiation team will meet Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and US special envoy for peace and reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Islamabad on 18th February.
In latest development #Afghan Taliban say next round of talks with US will b held in Islamabad on Feb 18 on Pakistan's invitation.Taliban say they will also meet PM Imran Khan for "discussions abt Pak-Afghan relations &issues pertaining to Afghan refugees & Afghan businessmen." pic.twitter.com/uTTuaIeNHx
— VOA DEEWA (@voadeewa) February 13, 2019
According to The Afghan Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid s press release that Pakistan has formally invited Taliban s political team to hold the meeting with PM Imran Khan.
It is aforementioned that a separate meeting between US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Afghan Taliban is also scheduled in Islamabad, sources revealed to The Herald Report.
According to the Zabiullah Mujahid that during the meeting with PM Imran Khan, Taliban political team will discuss comprehensively Pakistan-Afghanistan relations and issues related to the Afghan refugees.
— Khaama Press (KP) (@khaama) February 14, 2019
“As the negotiations process continues to take place between the Islamic Emirate and the United States and meetings have already been held in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the next round will resume on the 25th of February 2019 in the Qatari capital of Doha as per agreement reached during the previous meeting,” Zabiullah Mujahid further added in the press release.
(The Afghan Taliban Press release copy is held by The Herald)
Pakistan has not yet responded officially about the Taliban s press release.
According to reliable sources, the US and Taliban s working group meeting in Doha has been postponed due to some unknown reasons. It was scheduled for 14th February.
The Afghan Taliban has already announced their 14-member negotiation team that includes six members from the powerful leadership council and five GITMO prison fellows.
A US team led by US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad has been negotiating with the Taliban representative to put an end to the 18-year-old war in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, to seek global support, Zalmay Khalilzad is on his six countries visit including Pakistan.