Afghan Peace Council Chief meets Hillary Clinton
By Sajad - Thu Nov 29 2012, 1:47 pm
Salahuddin Rabanni will also meet with the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman to discuss Afghan peace talks.
Marc Grossman earlier emphasized on the importance of Afghan peace process both for Washington and Kabul.
The US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan is stepping down, an official said Tuesday, in yet another shake-up of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team.
“After almost two years in the position, and with Secretary Clinton’s agreement, he will return to private life,” Grossman’s spokeswoman Laura Lucas told AFP in a statement.
Clinton thanked Grossman for building “a diplomatic surge” and an intense global focus which “have put in place a network of regional and international support for Afghanistan post 2014 and into the next decade,” Lucas added.
Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasool will reach Islamabad on Friday to discuss the prospects of peace talks with the Taliban.
Sources said the main purpose of Rasool’s visit is to pave the way for acquittal of important Taliban leader, Mullah Baradar whose role is considered vital for negotiations and reconciliation with the Afghan Taliban.
Rasool will also meet Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. The two will share views on the removal of Taliban leaders from the list of those who were declared terrorists by the UN. Sources further said that the Afghan government, Pakistan and the United States wanted to reconcile with the Afghan Taliban before the US exit from Afghanistan in order to avoid problems.