Taliban ‘postpones’ meeting with PM Imran in Pakistan after Kabul compliant

April FrancisFeb 20, 2019

Representatives of the Taliban attend global talks on Afghanistan in Moscow on November 9, 2018.

A delegation of the Afghan Taliban, which was scheduled to arrive in Islamabad today (Monday), has postponed its visit owing to travel restrictions.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid announced last week that talks with the USA will take place in Pakistan's capital, while they will also meet Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The Taliban have postponed an unscheduled round of peace talks with the United States set for Monday in Pakistan saying "most" members of their negotiating team are unable to travel because they're on the USA and United Nations' blacklists.

The group rejected the reports which say the talks were postponed by the Taliban, Tolo added.

The talks between U.S. negotiators and Taliban members in Islamabad which was supposed to be held on Monday, February 18, has been postponed, Taliban acknowledged in a statement on Sunday.

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The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has the objective of the United States is to ensure a lasting peace in Afghanistan through diplomatic channels in a bid to ensure that the benefits of two nations are secure.

He said the Taliban could not be blamed for the delay in the meeting because they were full prepared.

US envoys say Pakistan has an important role to play in the Afghan peace effort, given its links to the Taliban.

Last week, Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid had said that their negotiation team would call on the Pakistani premier to hold comprehensive discussions about Pak-Afghan relations. "Let us pray that this leads to peace and ends nearly three decades of suffering of the fearless Afghan people", Khan said.

US President Donald Trump reportedly wants to cut in half the 14,000 American troops in Afghanistan, and the Taliban leaders have made a US withdrawal a key condition in peace negotiations.

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