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U.S. Envoy Meets Pakistani PM To Push Afghan Peace Talks

James Dobbins

James Dobbins

U.S. special envoy James Dobbins has met Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in an effort to begin peace talks with the Taliban.

A statement from Sharif's office said that Islamabad assured Dobbins of its interest in the return of peace and stability to Afghanistan.

It added that Pakistani leaders emphasized Islamabad's "full commitment to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process."

Dobbins met Pakistani leaders after visiting Kabul and Qatar.

Pakistan is seen as capable of playing a crucial role in pushing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table.

It was one of the three countries that recognized the Taliban regime in the 1990s and is seen as a key sanctuary for Taliban insurgents after the demise of their regime in 2001.

Based on reporting by AFP and