Russia Offers to Host Talks Between Govt and Taliban

President Trump had accused Pakistan of providing safe havens to terrorist groups like the Taliban and the Haqqani Network
President Trump had accused Pakistan of providing safe havens to terrorist groups like the Taliban and the Haqqani Network

20 January, 2018

"We are seeing that we're closer to talks with the Taliban and the peace process than we've seen before", Haley said, briefing reporters after taking part in a weekend visit to Kabul by 15 members of the UN Security Council.

"They did ask us for consensus to put further pressure on Pakistan to come to the table and change their behaviour", Haley said.

In a written statement, the ministry said Russian Federation is strongly in favor of the commencement of direct negotiations between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban in order to end the fratricidal civil war, and is ready to provide an appropriate platform.

Under this programme, Pakistan Army officers have been trained in the U.S. at a cost of $52 million over the past 15 years and an allocation of another $4 million has been made for the current year.

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UNAMA said that the visit came ahead of a meeting next month of the Kabul Process, which was launched past year by the Afghan government with the support of the worldwide community to initiate a peace process with Islamist militants after a bomb was detonated in central Kabul, killing over 150 people and leaving 413 injured, the deadliest terror attack in the Afghan capital on record.

"They feel confident that the Taliban will be coming to the table", Haley told reporters at United Nations headquarters.

"As long as they are supporting terrorism in Pakistan, the Afghan community is continuing to feel it is not safe", she said.

This apart, United States also suspended additional aid of $ 2 billion to Pakistan. Islamabad denies this and accuses the U.S. of disrespecting its vast sacrifices in fighting terrorism. But both the government and the Taliban have tried to distance themselves from the Turkey meeting.

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