FARAKHABAR: Islamabad Hosts Afghan Delegation for Peace Talks

A delegation of Afghan leaders, including Hikmat Khalil Karzai, the political deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), and Haji Din Mohammad, a powerful tribal leader and the former Governor of Nangarhar province, have traveled to Islamabad in order to commence peace talks with the Taliban.

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A source close to the matter has told TOLOnews on condition of anonymity that the talks started on Tuesday and that the Afghan government delegation’s first priority is negotiating a ceasefire.

News of the talks in Islamabad came suddenly, after months of speculations and false-starts, including a preliminary sit-down in Oslo, Norway, last month.

Marking the first official meeting between Afghan government officials and the Taliban in Pakistan, the talks this week were said to be set in motion once the national unity government had decided on who to send as a representative delegation.

In this episode of Farakhabar, host Yama Siavash discusses the topic with the following guests,

• Daoud Kalakani, MP
• Siddiq Patman, political analyst

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