The Taliban group released the details of the meeting between Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the depyty political chief of the group with the top envoy of the Pakistani Prime Minister for Afghanistan.

“Mullah Baradar Akhund, the Political Deputy-Amir, IEA and Head of the Political Office met in Doha, Mohammad Sadiq Khan, Pakistan Special Representative for Afghanistan and discussed with him problems being faced by the Afghan refugees, businessmen and travellers at Turkham, Spinboldsk and Ghulam Khan, urging him to provide them needed facilities. Similarly, both sides talked about the coming intra-Afghan negotiations and peace. They emphasized that peace and security in Afghanistan was in the interest of both nations and countries,” Suhail Shaheen, a spokesperson for the political office of Taliban said in a Twitter post.

A Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan had earlier told reporters that Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ambassador (R) Muhammad Sadiq visited Doha, Qatar on 16-17 June 2020. During the visit, he met Taliban leaders including Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar to discuss peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry in a statement said, the Special Representative underlined that Pakistan will continue to play its role as facilitator for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. In this context, he referred to the highly productive visit of the Chief of Army Staff to Kabul recently, which had imparted a new impetus to Pakistan’s efforts.

“The Special Representative appreciated Taliban’s commitment to implement the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement. He also noted that the release of prisoners as per the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement would be a stepping stone towards immediate start of Intra-Afghan Negotiations,” the statement added.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry also added that Pakistan hopes that all concerned parties will make sincere efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. Pakistan, on its part, remains fully committed to support the Afghan Peace Process.

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