Senior Taliban leaders are meeting with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad as part of a push to revive an Afghanistan peace deal that has included stops in Russia, China, and Iran.
The delegation headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban and head of their political office in Qatar, met with Qureshi on Thursday.
The delegation of Afghan Taliban leaders arrived in Islamabad at a time when Washington’s special peace envoy is also there for “consultations” with Pakistan.
The envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, spent the last year negotiating a peace deal with the Taliban, which seemed imminent until September 7 when President Donald Trump declared the deal “dead.”
Since then, Pakistan has urged both sides to resume talks to end fighting in Afghanistan.
Senior Taliban leaders in talks with officials in Pakistan