Will accept Pakistan’s invitation if formally invited by PM Imran Khan, says Afghan Taliban

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The Afghan Taliban on Thursday said that they are ready to visit the country to meet Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan if he formally invites them for negotiations to end the 18-year conflict in Afghanistan, reported BBC Urdu.

Sohail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Qatar’s capital Doha, told the BBC Urdu that if Prime Minister Khan extended a formal invitation, they will accept it.

“We frequently visit countries in the region and would surely go to Pakistan, too, which is our Muslim neighbour, if there is a formal invitation from Islamabad,” he said.

The statement by the Taliban came hours after Khan returned to Islamabad after his maiden official visit to the US where he discussed the Afghan peace process with President Donald Trump on Monday and agreed to work together to end to the conflict.

During the meeting, Trump said that Pakistan would help the US “extricate” itself from Afghanistan, adding there was “tremendous potential” in the relationship between Washington and Islamabad.

During his visit to the United States earlier this week, Prime Minister Imran had hinted at a possible meeting with the insurgents.


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