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Pakistan on Friday promised support for a fresh U.S attempt to begin direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said his country would use all its influence on the militia to convince them to seek peace through dialogue with the Kabul administration.

Qureshi said at a meeting with U.S special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad “we will go to any extent for Afghan peace.”

The envoy would brief Pakistani leaders about his latest negotiations with Taliban leaders in Doha.

The first contact between the sides since U.S President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the previous talks in September.

Earlier Khalilzad said on social media that both the U.S and Taliban negotiation teams had taken a brief pause after several days of talks to consult their leaders.

The announcement from the U.S envoy came after the Taliban’s attack on the Bagram U.S military base which killed two Afghan civilians and wounded more than 70 others.

Khalilzad expressed his outrage over the attacks on Twitter, writing that the “#Taliban must show they are willing and able to respond to Afghan desire for peace.

“We are taking a brief pause for them to consult their leadership on this essential topic.’’

The spokesman for the Taliban’s political office, Suhail Shaheen, tweeted that the talks had been positive and good.

The militants have so far refused to hold direct talks with President Ashraf Ghani’s government, calling it puppets of Washington.

Pakistan and its spy agency, which are often blamed for harbouring Afghan militants, are said to have considerable influence on the militia.

Edited by: Hadiza Mohammed/Ali Baba-Inuwa

(NAN)

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