Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced on December 2 that Islamabad is making a push for the revival of the Afghan reconciliation process.
Pakistan is calling for the resumption of peace talks between representatives of the Taliban and the Afghan government. This effort is being made in collaboration with Washington, Beijing and Kabul.
Sharif hopes that both the Afghan government and the Taliban could step forward with concrete ideas and proposals and engage in a meaningful dialogue on reconciliation.
Pakistan played a key mediation role between the two factions last July, brokering the first-ever direct talks between them. However the talks were broken after a leadership crisis brought about by confirmation of the death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar two years prior.
Sharif’s statement should come as good news to the Afghan government. Only a day before, Afghan President Asharaf Ghani told a French television statement that he hoped that improved relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan could mean a return to the stalled peace talks with the Taliban.
Sharif and Ghani reportedly met earlier at the margins of the climate conference in Paris. Ghani also received a visit from ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan during the last week of November.
Sharif is expected to visit Kabul in the next few weeks.
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