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Rivalries of Regional Countries Fueling War in Afghanistan: Zakhilwal

(Last Updated On: February 21, 2019)

Former Ambassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan, Omar Zakhilwal on Thursday said that confrontation of regional countries has led to the continuation of conflict in Afghanistan, adding that the issue must end to ensure peace in the war-torn country.

Zakhilwal said Afghans have been the victims of confrontation between the neighboring countries and that paying the price of the ongoing conflict which has external aspect. He stressed that the issue must be addressed.  

His remarks come days after Pakistan’s envoy in Kabul warned that the ongoing peace talks between the U.S. and Afghan Taliban would be affected if India resorted to violence against Pakistan in response to a recent deadly bombing in Kashmir.

Zahid Nasrullah said that his country has paved the way for peace talks between the United States and the Afghan Taliban and that the talks have been “substantial and constructive”.

Some Afghan politicians, however, said that the United States should continue its peace efforts with engagement of regional countries. 

Jawed Ludin, Former Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs said that ignoring the role of regional countries in the peace process would not help peace talks and that the U.S. should build a regional consensus. 

The U.S. has so far held at least four rounds of talks with the Taliban as part of the diplomatic efforts to reach into a political settlement in Afghanistan.  The representatives of both sides are expected to hold another of talks in Qatar on February 25.

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