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Pakistan says Taliban ready for 'reduction in violence'

16 Jan 2020 1TV News

The Afghan Taliban have expressed readiness for reduction in violence, Pakistan's foreign minister said on Thursday, saying it was a good progress in the group's talks with the United States.

In a video message posted by Pakistan's foreign ministry, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that reduction in violence is a step toward a peace agreement.

He hoped that ongoing efforts will lead to peace so that it would benefit both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

This comes as Afghan government has repeatedly insisted that a ceasefire is necessary for launch of its talks with the Taliban.

On Friday, Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib said:"A ceasefire is a catalyst for sustainable peace because the Afghan people earnestly want it and it will prove to our people and government that our enemies are not only serious about peace but that it is within their control to maintain their part of a future deal."

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