Pakistan Vows to 'Wholeheartedly' Further Afghan Peace Effort

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"Pakistan is also ready for one-on-one mediation with the Afghan Taliban", he said. Although most security assistance for Pakistan is now suspended, since 2002 Pakistan has been among the largest recipients of USA provided Foreign Military Financing (FMF) and International Military Education and Training (IMET), the general said.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani opened an global conference Wednesday in Kabul with a substantial overture to his government's longtime antagonist: If the Taliban comes to the negotiating table and recognizes Ghani's government, the Afghan leader would in turn offer the insurgent group a role as a legitimate political party and release Taliban prisoners.

The offer was made at the second edition of the Kabul Process, an worldwide attempt to bring peace to Afghanistan.

What Afghan President has offered can form a basis of significant and substantive peace process that could lead to restoration of durable peace and stability to war-torn Afghanistan. "And your view that we talk to them and accept their legitimacy is the same formula adopted by America to win the war", a Taliban spokesman responded to Rubin's letter.

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In an interview with First Post, the ambassador suggested the Taliban's strength depended on Pakistan's support.

"So, we'll look forward to continuing to work with them to see where there are opportunities", she added.

But Pakistan, the minister said, is in the process of correcting its foreign policy to wanting to be "close to friends in the region".

Earlier, US President Donald Trump had also suspended military aid to Pakistan since it was not doing enough to eliminate terrorism on its soil.

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He told delegates: "Your presence here is a visible reminder that we are an worldwide community united not only by shared threats, but shared interests and shared opportunities".

Asif welcomed the dialogue offer made by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to the Taliban.

"It is ultimately for the people of Afghanistan to come to an ultimate political resolution", she said. Asif insisted that neighbouring and regional countries have "direct stakes" in whatever is happening in Afghanistan.

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