Peace Deal Crucial Before Elections: High Peace Council – Tolo News

The HPC also believes that with the US’ political and economic pressure on Pakistan, Islamabad will not stand in the way of peace in Afghanistan.

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said in a meeting with High Peace Council (HPC) officials on Monday that at recent meetings, the Taliban were mostly interested in talking about being part of a future government and the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan.

The best option would be to seal a peace agreement with the Taliban before holding the presidential elections, said HPC deputy chief Attaullah Saleem.

But in a statement the Taliban rejected recent claims about a future government and the establishment of an interim government.

This comes after Khalilzad met with Taliban officials for the fourth time in recent weeks in which the two sides apparently remained focused on the nature of the withdrawal …. Read More on Tolo News

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