Russian special envoy in Pakistan to discuss Afghan peace

Russian special envoy in Pakistan to discuss Afghan peace

ISLAMABAD: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov reached Pakistan on Tuesday on a two-day visit.
Kabulov was received by senior officials of the Foreign Office and Russian Embassy.
Kabulov is visiting the country on Russia’s wish and he will discuss the Afghan peace process with Pakistani officials during his stay.
Putin’s special envoy for Afghanistan will hold talks with Pakistan’s top civil and military leadership at the Foreign Office.
Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Monday peace talks between the US and the Taliban were “encouraging.”
His remarks came after US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was quoted Monday as saying the US and the Taliban have drafted the framework of a deal which could pave the way for negotiations with the Afghan government.
“I´d say really the takeaway right now: it´s encouraging,” Shanahan told Pentagon reporters as he waited to greet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Khalilzad has been leading a months-long diplomatic push to convince the Taliban to negotiate with Kabul, but the militants have steadfastly refused, dismissing the authorities as “puppets.”

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