Taliban co-founder heads to Pakistan amid report of US envoy go to

Islamabad (AFP) – Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar was due in Pakistan Wednesday to carry talks with officers, the militant group’s spokesman mentioned, as unconfirmed experiences recommended US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was already in Islamabad.

If that’s the case, it might present the primary identified alternative for the 2 to fulfill since US President Donald Trump final month abruptly scuttled talks with the Taliban that had been in search of a method for Washington to exit its longest warfare.

Rebel spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that the Pakistan go to would be the fourth leg of a tour that included Russia, China and Iran.

Baradar is head of the Taliban’s political wing and often based mostly in Qatar, the place for practically a 12 months the insurgents held face-to-face conferences with a US delegation led by Khalilzad.

The 2 sides had been on the point of a deal that might have seen Washington start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in return for varied safety guarantees from the Taliban.

On September 7, nonetheless, Trump referred to as off a top-secret summit on account of be held between the US and the Taliban at Camp David and declared the talks “lifeless” two days later.

The Taliban threatened extra violence, however each the insurgents and the US left the door open for negotiations to renew — with most consultants agreeing Washington must return to the desk ultimately.

Daybreak, Pakistan’s largest English-language each day, reported that Khalilzad had arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday, though it didn’t give a supply. There was no instant affirmation from the Pakistani International Workplace or the US embassies in Islamabad or Kabul.

A senior Taliban supply in Pakistan informed AFP that the group was conscious of Khalilzad’s go to and was prepared to fulfill him.

“We’ve not backtracked from talks,” the supply added. “It was America who backtracked.”

One other senior Taliban militant mentioned it might be “as much as Mullah Baradar, who’s main the delegation, to determine whom they wish to speak to”.

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