Afghan sides must ensure territory not used by terror groups

  • Afghan sides must ensure territory not used by terror groups

Afghan sides must ensure territory not used by terror groups

Peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban began in Doha, Qatar on Saturday.

Mr Khalilzad's latest trip to Pakistan came a day after the start of long-delayed dialogue between the warring Afghan factions in Doha.

Afghan government and the Taliban are brothers, and China welcomes the negotiations and hopes the two sides can put aside hatred while working together for the future of Afghanistan, spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters. The US' view that the territory of Afghanistan must not be used by any terrorist group against any other country appeared to be in sync with India's long-held position.

India is keenly watching the negotiations as it has major stakes in the region. Zalmay Khalilzad @US4AfghanPeace this evening.

Sources in New Delhi said Khalilzad had "called on the External Affairs Minister in the presence of NSA and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla".

The Inter-Services Public Relations, the military's media affairs wing, said Mr Khalilzad "greatly appreciated" Pakistan's role in the ongoing peace process saying "it could not have succeeded without Pakistan's honest and unconditional support". "The Afghan sides should ensure their territory must not be used by any terrorist group against any other country", the USA embassy said. USA special envoy Khalizad appreciated India's participation and briefed about the United States assessment of IAN and shared the country's perspective on the Afghan peace process.

Khalilzad stressed "regional and worldwide support is critical for the success of these negotiations and the implementation of any agreement". They also deliberated upon how to promote regional and worldwide cooperation with regard to Afghanistan, the sources said. On May 7, he had visited India on a similar mission. It has already invested $2 billion in aid and reconstruction activities in the country.

Pakistan says it facilitated the US-Taliban agreement signed in February, got the warring sides to observe ceasefire on Eid, and helped break the stalemate over the prisoners' release that had been delaying the start of the intra-Afghan dialogue. India has been supporting a national peace and reconciliation process which is Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled. The deal provided for the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, effectively drawing curtains to Washington's 18-year war in the country.

With the United States seeking continued support for peace in Afghanistan, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Bajwa on Monday credited Prime Minister Imran Khan for Pakistan's role in the start of intra-Afghan talks.