`Pak upset at being left out of US-Taliban talks`

It is the 1st official recognition of Pak displeasure at being excluded from endgame in Afghanistan.

Washington: Pakistan is upset at being left out of the ongoing negotiations between the United States and the Taliban, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Washington Husain Haqqani has said.

“We have told America that we are not happy with this,” The Express Tribune quoted Haqqani, as saying in an exclusive interview.

Haqqani’s statement is the first official recognition of Pakistan’s displeasure at being excluded from the endgame in Afghanistan.

“If America believes that Pakistan’s participation is required for success in Afghanistan, they will have to get Pakistan on board in their negotiations with the Taliban,” said envoy said.

The Obama administration has recently confirmed that it has established contacts with the Afghan Taliban, though it insisted the negotiations were at a preliminary stage.

It is widely believed that the US has deliberately kept Pakistan at bay over its efforts to seek a peace deal with the Taliban ahead of the phased withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Earlier, a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry after talks between State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and US Deputy Special Representative Frank Ruggiero, complained in cloaked diplomatic language that “the minister underscored the importance of clarity and strategic coherence as well as transparency to facilitate the Afghan people and the Afghan government in the process for peace and reconciliation”.


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