Afghanistan, Taliban to meet again for peace talks after Ramadan: Pakistan
In what was the first official talks between Afghan officials and Taliban insurgents, representatives from both sides met in Pakistan's Islamabad for peace talks on Tuesday.
Kabul: In what was the first official talks between Afghan officials and Taliban insurgents, representatives from both sides met in Pakistan's Islamabad for peace talks on Tuesday.
Pakistan has meanwhile assured that both sides will meet again after the holy month of Ramadan, reports said.
The talks came just hours after Taliban struck a NATO convoy in Kabul, hurting three and also targeted Afghan spy agency the NDS.
According to a statement from Pakistani foreign ministry, during the talks it was "agreed that for lasting peace in the region, each side would approach the process in sincerity and with full commitment."
In a statement released Wednesday, the ministry said the talks were held Tuesday at Murree, a hill resort near Islamabad, Pakistan's capital.
Since taking office in September, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has made it a priority to find a peace settlement, even as fighting has continued in the war against the insurgency waged by the Taliban since their ouster in the 2001 US-led invasion.
The tentative step toward full peace negotiations aimed at ending more than 13 years of war is being observed by US and Chinese officials, AFP quoted Qazi Khalilullah, a spokesman for Pakistan`s foreign ministry.
Pakistan is hosting the meeting "as part of the commitment to facilitate an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process", Khalilullah added.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani first announced the talks earlier on Tuesday.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif described the talks as a "breakthrough" and adding "this process has to succeed".
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States welcomed the talks, calling them "an important step toward advancing prospects for a credible peace."
With Agency Inputs