The Afghan government has warned that no progress would be imminent if a peace process was not owned and led by the Afghan government.

Presidential spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said in Twitter post “Peace is our priority. A peace process led and owned by the Afghan government will only lead to lasting and dignified peace in Afghanistan.”

Sediqqi further added “No progress will be imminent if a peace process is not owned and led by the Afghan government.”

He apparently made the remarks in reaction to the travel of a delegation of Taliban political leaders to Islamabad.

A delegation of political leaders of Taliban led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the deputy political chief of Taliban, reportedly travelled to Islamabad today.

Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the political office of Taliban in Qatar said in a Twitter post the Taliban delegation will visit Islamabad on an official invitation.

Shaheen further added that the Taliban leaders will hold talks on some important issues with the Pakistani officials. He did not disclose further information in this regard.

According to Shaheen, the Taliban delegation’s visit to Islamabad would be the 4th such trip to regional countries after the delegation’s visit to Russia, China and Iran.


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