scorecardresearch
Tuesday, Feb 07, 2023
Advertisement

US shuns out Pakistan from Afghan Taliban talks

Pakistan is upset at being left out of the endgame in Afghanistan.

A top Pakistani diplomat has said that his country was upset on its exclusion from the peace talks between the US and Taliban.

“We have told America that we are not happy with this,” Pakistan’s ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani told Express 24/7 channel.

The Obama administration has recently confirmed that it had established contacts with the Afghan Taliban though it insisted the negotiations were at a preliminary stage. It is widely believed that the US has deliberately kept Pakistan at bay about its efforts to seek a peace deal with Taliban ahead of the phased withdrawal from Afghanistan,the channel said.

Earlier,a statement issued by the foreign ministry after talks between State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and US deputy special representative Frank Ruggiero,in “cloaked” diplomatic language complained that “the minister underscored the importance of clarity and strategic coherence as well as transparency to facilitate the Afghan people and the Afghan government in the process for peace and reconciliation.”

Subscriber Only Stories
In this Bengal district, solid, plastic waste management now a people’s m...
Delhi Confidential | GOAT & the gift: PM Narendra Modi gets a Lionel ...
India looks at options to pay defence dues to Russia: stake sale, bonds, ...
Interview with Revenue Secretary | ‘Measures for widening tax base ...

Haqqani’s statement is also the first official recognition of Pakistan’s displeasure at being excluded from the endgame in Afghanistan,the report said.

“If America believes that Pakistan’s participation is required for success in Afghanistan,they will have to get Pakistan on board in their negotiations with the Taliban,” said Haqqani.

Meanwhile,Haqqani dismissed reports that the Pakistan Embassy in the US had issued 67 visas to CIA operatives.

Advertisement

A Pakistani newspaper last week quoted embassy officials in Washington as saying that the Pakistan embassy has issued visas to CIA officials for deployment in Pakistan.

“The news reports are rubbish,false…,” Haqqani said. He also said that Pakistan has lodged a protest with the Americans on militants crossing over from Afghanistan into Pakistan and launching attacks.

“The Americans should wipe out Taliban sanctuaries in Kunar and Nuristan,” he said.

First published on: 27-06-2011 at 13:15 IST
Next Story

Bob Geldof contemplated suicide after split from wife Paula Yates

Latest Comment
Post Comment
Read Comments
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
close