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Pakistan PM to Be First Head of State to Meet Taliban

Pakistan PM to Be First Head of State to Meet Taliban
Ayesha Tanzeem – VOA Information

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – Pakistan’s prime minister is anticipated to turn into the primary head of state to satisfy the Taliban management because the militant group’s ouster from energy in 2001. An Afghan official confirmed, on the situation of anonymity, that the transfer has the Afghan authorities’s consent. 
“It is coordinated with the Afghan aspect,” the official mentioned, including that Pakistan was anticipated to transient the Afghan authorities after the assembly. The information broke on Pakistan’s state media early Thursday.    
“Particular Assistant to Prime Minister Naeem-ul-Haq has mentioned Imran Khan will meet the Taliban chief quickly for the peaceable decision of Afghan disaster,” a narrative printed on Radio Pakistan’s web site mentioned.  
An identical assembly was arrange in February in Islamabad however was canceled on the final minute after sturdy objections from the Afghan authorities. Haq mentioned {that a} current go to by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Pakistan, nonetheless, which either side hailed as successful, helped in confidence-building. 
The announcement Wednesday by Haq at a convention in Islamabad got here on the identical day that Pakistan additionally confirmed that Khan is scheduled to go to Washington for 3 days later this month and can meet President Donald Trump on July 22. 
The event is seen within the area as signaling a thaw in a relationship that has been rocky since Trump got here to energy. Final yr, the U.S. suspended greater than $1.6 billion in safety help to Pakistan.  
Talks with Taliban
The information about Khan’s assembly additionally comes at a time when a U.S. workforce is holding its seventh spherical of negotiations with a Taliban delegation in Doha, Qatar. 
A Taliban spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, advised Al Jazeera on Wednesday that the 2 sides have made “spectacular progress” throughout the present spherical and accomplished “80 to 90 %” of the work on a draft settlement to finish the battle that began in 2001.
On the identical time, an intra-Afghan dialogue in Doha, hosted collectively by the Qatari and German governments, is scheduled for July 7-8. 
Samim Arif, a deputy spokesman for Ghani, mentioned numerous authorities officers might be among the many 64 contributors touring from Kabul. He clarified, although, that the officers might be attending of their private capability.
Up to now, the Taliban management has refused to satisfy, in an official capability, with the representatives of a authorities it calls a “puppet” of the People.
Atif Mashal, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, mentioned holding the federal government on board was key to progress within the peace course of.  
“If there’s a dialogue between Afghans, within the area or exterior, we have now no drawback with it. However, it won’t assist until it has a transparent agenda and is coordinated with the Afghan authorities,” mentioned Atif Mashal, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan. 
Doha contributors
He emphasised, nonetheless, that in case of “negotiations,” the Afghan authorities needed to be a key participant. 
The record of contributors attending the Doha assembly contains ladies, civil society activists, and representatives of Afghan journalists.
Haji Deen Mohamamd, a deputy of the Excessive Peace Council in Afghanistan, mentioned 4 deputies of the Excessive Council, in addition to former nationwide safety adviser Dr. Rangeen Spanta and former deputy international minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, additionally will attend.
Former President Hamed Karzai, who led an identical convention in Moscow that excluded the Afghan authorities, won’t attend the upcoming assembly, however he welcomed the intra-Afghan dialogue, based on his workplace. 

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