By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The only solution to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan is that there are negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban and this will help to move things forward, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran said on Wednesday at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland.
“What was in 2001 is not going to be now… because so much has happened since then, so I think it would be a complete different scenario, but the most important thing right now—and it is not going to be easy, but it is the only option—(is) that the Taliban and the Afghan government sit together. Whenever that happens, it will have turbulence, but it is the only way forward,” said Khan. “From now onwards, Pakistan will only partner another country in peace.”
The Pakistani leader said that his country was partnering with the US to bring peace to Afghanistan. “In Afghanistan, in the peace process now, Pakistan is partnering (with) the United States to get the Taliban to talk to the Afghanistan government—it is the nearest we are in some sort of peaceful solution in Afghanistan,” said Khan at Davos.
“There has to be peace and that (will) only happen if the Taliban and the Afghan government they sit together and there is political settlement,” added Khan.
Khan’s comments come as senior officials from the US and the Taliban continue their marathon talks in Doha to clinch a peace deal in the war-stricken country. But Khan said that it will not be that easy to bring the two sides—an Afghan government- formed delegation and the Taliban— to the negotiating table.
This comes as US President Donald Trump told President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani that there cannot be “meaningful negotiations” unless the proposed Taliban reduction in violence is “significant and lasting,” the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.
The Afghan government has been pushing the Taliban to announce a ceasefire before engaging in any potential talks with the Afghan government, something the Taliban has rejected persistently.