US, Afghanistan to hold bilateral talks minus Pak

Keeping up the pressure on Pakistan to release its jailed diplomat, the US is going ahead with a key meeting on Afghanistan, sans Islamabad.

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011, 14:02 PM IST

Washington: Keeping up the pressure on
Pakistan to release its jailed diplomat, the US is going ahead with a key meeting on Afghanistan, sans Islamabad.

"Bilateral talks between the US and Afghanistan in the
areas such as security and agriculture will be held," the
Afghan Embassy spokesman Abduljalil Ghafoory said.

The meeting to be held here from February 23 to 25,
was to be a trilateral affair involving top leaders from US,
Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Afghan delegation would be led by its Foreign
Minister Zalmai Rassoul and is expected to include a number of
other high-ranking Cabinet ministers.

"The High ranking officials of Afghanistan and the
United States will combine dialogue on advancing security and
agriculture with a focus on key areas of mutual cooperation,
seeking to deepen links between the countries," Ghafoory said.
The Afghan delegation would be led by its Foreign
Minister Zalmai Rassoul and is expected to include a number of
other high-ranking Cabinet ministers.

"The High ranking officials of Afghanistan and the
United States will combine dialogue on advancing security and
agriculture with a focus on key areas of mutual cooperation,
seeking to deepen links between the countries," Ghafoory said.
The Obama Administration put off the trilateral
meeting as part of its freeze on high-level contacts with
Pakistan to exert pressure on Islamabad to release Raymond
Davis, the US government employee who has been arrested on
murder charges.

There was no immediate word from US State Department
on the meeting.

PTI