Published: Wed, May 01, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

No peace if Taliban do not adapt: United States envoy

No peace if Taliban do not adapt: United States envoy

For us, peace is the agenda.

"It is not right to seek an edge in dialogue through coercion", Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said.

The Taliban militants who have been fighting over the past more than a decade to restore Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the name of Taliban regime) ousted by the us -led military coalition invasion in late 2001, have repeatedly refused to talk with Afghan government, saying there will be no dialogue with the Kabul administration in the presence of foreign forces in the country.

However, the US, Russia and China said they "encourage" the Taliban to speak "as soon as possible" with a "broad, representative Afghan delegation that includes the government".

Mr Khalilzad also attached to his tweet a link to PM Khan's statement, which points out that the Afghan conflict has brought great suffering for both Afghanistan and Pakistan over the last 40 years. "Pakistan will not be party to any internal conflict in Afghanistan anymore". The Afghan people have had enough violence and want an end to the war.

"Now, after a long wait, the Afghanistan peace process presents a historic opportunity for peace in the region and Pakistan is fully supporting the process including the next logical step of intra-Afghan dialogue wherein Afghans will themselves decide upon the future of their country", he had said.

"The so-called offensives are condemnable and will undermine the peace process".

"He wants to prove that he has the ability to secure a peace deal and also enjoys the support of Afghans", said one diplomat.

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"Our focus is on terrorism".

In an interview with Tolo News, Khalilzad said the Taliban's demands were focused on the withdrawal of United States forces from the country.

"That is the first step for further discussion, but there has been no proper progress yet", he said, adding that Washington was "a bit impatient" to end the war, given its $45 billion annual cost to the USA taxpayer and the continued toll it takes on U.S. forces.

The general idea is that the United States and allied forces would leave Afghanistan as part of a peace deal, which would come with a commitment from the Taliban to keep ISIS and al-Qaeda out of the country.

Their meeting came during a marathon multi-country tour by Khalilzad, who is to visit Qatar - the usual venue for talks with the Taliban.

The envoy stated it was not true that the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan will happen ahead of a peace deal, according to ANI news reports.

Ghani had invited the Taliban but the insurgents, having waged an unrelenting guerrilla war since 2001, refused.

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