ISLAMABAD – Pakistan said Tuesday it was “hopeful” about prospects of U.S. backed peace talks between Afghanistan’s warring parties to end the country’s long conflict.

The optimism stemmed from a meeting Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi held Tuesday with a visiting Afghan Taliban delegation led by the insurgent group’s political affairs chief, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

A post-meeting Pakistani statement said the discussions focused on the stalled Afghan peace process and the way forward.

The proposed talks are a product of a Feb. 29 landmark peace deal the United States signed with the Taliban to help end decades of Afghan violence and allow all U.S. troops to withdraw from the country by mid-2021. Read more @ VOA

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