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Taliban officials have met in Pakistan with the top American diplomat who recently led peace negotiations with the insurgent group, current and former members of the Taliban said on Saturday, the first time representatives from both sides had met since President Trump called off the talks last month.
Axar.az reports citing NY Times that the meeting in recent days in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, between Taliban officials and the American diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad, comes on the heels of Afghanistan’s presidential election last week, ahead of which the group spent days concentrating attacks across the country in an effort to derail the electoral process and keep voters away from the polls.
A State Department spokesman, as well as Taliban spokesmen, declined to comment. Reuters was first to report the meeting on Friday.
The discussions between the two sides were informal, the Taliban members said and did not indicate the beginning of a new round of peace discussions, only that they may take place in the future. After Mr. Trump canceled the talks and a possible peace deal, Washington has been quiet on the United States’ future strategy for Afghanistan.
2019.10.05 / 16:13