China offers to host Afghanistan - Taliban talks: Paki FM

“Pakistan cannot deliver Taliban to the Afghan government as they never listen to us fully but we can facilitate in a way that we can advise them as it is Afghan-led process.” said Sartaj Aziz.

China offers to host Afghanistan - Taliban talks: Paki FM

Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs adviser, Sartaj Aziz, has said China has offered to host peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

“But the decision will be made only by the Afghan government. Pakistan is also raedy to play the role of a facilitator in the Afghan peace process,” he said.

He urged the Afghan Taliban to join political process and take part in the next elections.

Mr Aziz said in an interview that the Taliban cannot capture Afghanistan by force and that they would also be dangerous if they tried to militarily control the country.

“I think there is no possibility of the Taliban rule in Afghanistan again and Pakistan wants they should be politically onboard. Taliban should take part in next elections,” the adviser said in an interview with Channel 24 TV channel aired Sunday night.

He said Pakistan is ready to facilitate peace dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban but Kabul will have to take the initiative as the process is Afghan-led.

“The first stage of reconciliation is that let the negotiations start first. Let theme first identify those people (Taliban) who are ready to talk. Our only advantage is that we know who their leaders are so we can advise them that you can talk to those people who represent leadership of the Taliban,” the Pakistani adviser said.

“Once the process starts and serious negotiations begin our facility will be available but the Afghans will decide if they want to talk. It is up-to the Afghan gov’t how they want to onboard them (Taliban), what package they plan to offer?”

Asked if Pakistan will hand over the Taliban leaders to Afghanistan, Sartaj Aziz said “Pakistan cannot deliver Taliban to the Afghan government as they never listen to us fully but we can facilitate in a way that we can advise them as it is Afghan-led process.”

BORDER SECURITY

Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan has improved border management with Afghanistan and now both have also started coordinating security operations on their side of the border.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have nearly 2500 kilometers porous border and militants always take advantage of the loose control. Both countries had long been complaining that militants cross the other side of one country launch offensive along the border.

“If we launch operation against the militants on any of our border region, Afghanistan will take measures to ensure that reinforcements should not reach from its side of the border,” Sartaj Aziz said.

“We have developed multiple mechanisms that there will be regular interaction on local military level, higher military level, intelligence level, national security level and political level,” he went on to say.

There had been many military exchanges over the past few months that had never been taken place in years and a high level Afghan border forces delegation just wrapped up visit to Pakistan.

“I think if the border is destabilized, then the groups like the ISIS will also be looking for a space. If we ensure the border is peaceful then they will not find any space,” the Pakistani adviser said.

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