(MENAFN - Afghanistan Times) AT News Report
KABUL: The High Peace Council (HPC) says that the US
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo's recent statements on the Afghan peace process
Pompeo met President Ashraf Ghani in an unannounced visit to
Kabul on Tuesday, where he hoped to reach a peace deal with the Taliban
insurgents by September, referring to the deal before presidential contest
slated for late September.
'Afghans yearn for peace and we share their desire to end of
conflict,' Pompeo said on Twitter after his visit. 'Peace would offer Afghans
and the wider region a different future, one which we are ready to support.'
Ghafoor Javid, a spokesman for the peace council, a
government-funded body responsible for arranging talks between the government
and Taliban, said on Wednesday that the seventh round of US-Taliban
negotiations would be expected as the beginning of intra-Afghan dialogues.
'Direct and official negotiations can resolve the problems
sooner and help us reach an agreement,' said Javid. 'We hope Taliban's
negotiations with Khalilzad will lead to face to face talks between Taliban and
the government of Afghanistan.
The US special representative for Afghanistan peace, Zalmay
Khalilzad is scheduled to sit in front of Taliban negotiators on Saturday for
the seventh round of negotiations.
Taliban and Khalilzad have so far negotiated the US
withdrawal and that Afghanistan would never be used by international terrorist
organizations to threaten US security.
Pompeo said in Kabul that Washington and Taliban had got
closer to finalize a draft of counterterrorism. But he said that nothing was
finalized because it was impossible to deal over a single issue.
The US urges direct talks between Taliban and Kabul, but the
militants have not yet accept to sit with what they disparage as the US
He also said that it was time for Pakistan to have practical
cooperation with the Afghan peace.
President Ghani is set to fly to Islamabad today (Thursday)
to discuss 'very important matters' with Prime Minister Imran Khan, including
the peace process.