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Afghan CE optimistic new Pakistani govt will bring Taliban to talks table

13 Sep 2018 1TV News

2018-09-13 | 33 minute ago

Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has expressed optimism that the new government in Pakistan will bring the Taliban to negotiating table.

The new government in Pakistan under the leadership of former cricketer Imran Khan was inaugurated last month and its foreign minister is expected to visit Kabul tomorrow Saturday.

Afghan CE Abdullah told a newspaper during his visit to India that Pakistan can use its influence in putting pressure on the Taliban to bring it to the negotiating table.

He warned that the region might miss out on further opportunities if security challenges are not addressed.

“I will start with being optimistic about the new regime bringing an opportunity to deal with the Taliban and hope this optimism will prove to be well-founded,” he told The Indian Express.

Abdullah was visiting the India for India-Afghanistan International Trade and Investment Show in Mumbai.

On Iran’s Chabahar port, Abdullah hoped that U.S. sanctions imposed on the country do not affect the progress of the port.

“We cannot influence the broader context of relationships between different countries. But at the same time, as far as we are concerned, we are in a situation where we need co-operation from all neighbouring countries, especially all the countries of the region. We hope the context of relations between different countries will not affect our relations adversely,” Abdullah said.

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