Last updated on October 5, 2019
The Taliban fulfilled U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad at the Pakistan capital for the first time because President Donald Trump announced a seemingly imminent peace agreement to end Afghanistan’s 18-year warfare’ dead’ per month before, a Taliban official said early Saturday.
He provided few details of Friday’s meeting between Khalilzad and the Taliban delegation headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of this motion which has been ousted in 2001 from the U.S.-led coalition. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to talk to the press.
U.S. officials nevertheless have been eager to say there isn’t any resumption of peace talks, not currently in Islamabad.
Khalilzad was in Islamabad for a lot of the week meeting with senior administration officials at the U.S. State Department explained as followup meetings that he held in New York during the month’s U.N. General Assembly session.
The Taliban delegation headed by Mullah Baradar among its stronger members arrived individually in the capital for meetings with government officials that they said were held to explore a broad selection of political issues regarding this greater than 1.5 million Afghans still living as refugees from Pakistan.
Baradar was detained in Pakistan in 2010 at a joint Pakistani-CIA surgery after he opened peace talks with all the then-Afghan President Hamid Karzai, trying to sideline Pakistan and contrary to the U.S. strategy in the moment, which failed to encourage discussions with the Taliban.
In 2018, Baradar was discharged from prison to ease peace talks after Khalilzad was appointed U.S. calmness as Washington sought a means to depart America’s greatest military involvement.
Over 14,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan and Trump has expressed his frustration with their continuing installation, complaining they’ve taken on the responsibilities of policing the nation, a project he said the Afghan authorities required to perform.
Throughout the last year, Khalilzad held nine rounds of discussions with the Taliban from the Middle Eastern State of Qatar, in which the insurgents keep a political division.
In early September a bargain appeared imminent, but a new round of violence and the passing of a U.S. soldier induced Trump to abruptly tweet the limit to discussions, for example, conclusion of an agreement signing ceremony in Camp David, about which couple had already been conscious.
There were no details regarding the sleepless meetings on Friday.
But in Afghanistan, the nation is still awaiting the outcomes of presidential polls held on Sept. 28.
The major contenders have been President Ashraf Ghani and his present partner from the unity government, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.
Abdullah has said he believes he’s won while Ghani’s fans are announcing that he has the votes, causing most to fear political chaos. Preliminary results aren’t anticipated before Oct. 17 and the outcome before Nov. 7. When there’s absolutely no obvious winner with 51 percent of the vote, then another round will be held in fourteen days of the last vote statement.