PAK­ISTAN’S ARMY SAYS IT BACKS U.S. PEACE TALKS WITH AFGHAN TAL­IBAN

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Regional -

Pak­istan’s army yesterday threw its sup­port be­hind the lat­est U.S. ef­forts for a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment with the Afghan Tal­iban to end a 17-year-old war, urg­ing Wash­ing­ton to leave Kabul as a friend of the re­gion rather than a “fail­ure.” The com­ments by Pak­istan’s army spokesman, Ma­jor-Gen­eral Asif Ghafoor, came just af­ter the U.S. spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Afghanistan, Zal­may Khalilzad, con­cluded a visit to the Pak­istani cap­i­tal of Is­lam­abad. “As much as we can, we will fa­cil­i­tate,” Ghafoor told a news con­fer­ence in the gar­ri­son city of Rawalpindi, re­ply­ing to a query about what Pak­istan could do to help the United States ne­go­ti­ate a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment with the Tal­iban.

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