Taliban not ready for talks, says Pakistan

Islamabad, May 20 (IANS) A top Pakistani foreign affairs adviser on Friday said the Afghan Taliban have not yet responded positively to efforts made by the four-nation group to revive talks with the Afghan government.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz said the four-nation group — comprising Afghanistan, Pakistan, the US and China — has been making joint efforts for reviving direct talks between the Afghan government and Taliban but the latter have not yet responded positively to these efforts.

But he expressed the hope that the four-nation group, in line with shared responsibility, would continue efforts for such talks to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan.

–IANS

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