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Pakistan extends support for Kabul's peace process proposal

Pakistan Forward

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif Thursday (March 1) said his nation would back a plan for peace talks with the Taliban proposed by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Dawn reported.

Ghani unveiled the plan at the second round of the Kabul Process peace conference Wednesday (February 28), asking the Taliban to take part in peace talks "to save the country".

The plan involves an initial truce before recognition of the Taliban as a political group.

"The talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government are actually discussions between two political forces, and Pakistan will support it," Asif told a group of investors.

"Pakistan is also ready for one-on-one mediation with the Afghan Taliban," he said.

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