Tri­lat­eral talks

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Afghan Pres­i­dent Hamid Karzai met Pak­istani Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif in an ef­fort to bol­ster a frag­ile peace out­reach to Afghanistan’s Tal­iban in­sur­gency. The meet­ing took place in Lon­don and Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron hosted the talks.

There are con­cerns about vi­o­lence and in­sta­bil­ity in the re­gion as US and in­ter­na­tional com­bat troops are set to with­draw from Afghanistan by the end of next year. Another key topic of dis­cus­sion be­tween Is­lam­abad and Kabul was the Pak­istani gov­ern­ment’s move to free Mul­lah Ab­dul Ghani Baradar, the for­mer deputy leader of the Afghan Tal­iban, to fa­cil­i­tate out­reach to the Tal­iban.

A sim­i­lar tri­lat­eral meet­ing hosted by Cameron in Fe­bru­ary 2013 had raised hopes for a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process, as Karzai and then Pak­istani Pres­i­dent, Asif Ali Zar­dari pledged to work to­wards a peace set­tle­ment with the Tal­iban within six months. But re­la­tions be­tween Kabul and Is­lam­abad de­te­ri­o­rated as cross-bor­der clashes and na­tion­al­is­tic rhetoric emerged from both sides. But the elec­tion of Nawaz Sharif in May 2013 helped re­set re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries. “We have a feel­ing that Nawaz Sharif has good in­ten­tions,” said Ai­mal Faizi, Hamid Karzai’s spokesman.

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