US 'peace envoy' meets Taliban counterparts for first time since failed deal

10/6/2019 12:45:00 PM

Tehran (KNA) - US so-called peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has met with Afghanistan-based Taliban negotiators for the first time since the American president called off a seemingly imminent truce deal with the notorious militants in its bid to end its 18-year war on the terror-ravaged country.

Announcing the development on Saturday, an unnamed Taliban official cited in an AP report did not elaborate further on the Friday encounter in Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad between Khalilzad and the Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of insurgent group that was ousted in 2001 by the US-led military occupation of Afghanistan, purportedly aimed at rooting out terrorism in the country.

The Taliban official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, the report noted, adding that while Washington has insisted that there is no resumption of peace talks, the meeting is still significant since the US continues to seek an exit from the longest war in its history, leaving hundreds of thousands killed, injured and displaced across Afghanistan.

Source: PressTV

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