Khalilzad discusses Afghan peace process with Pakistani FM

Zalmay Khalilzad met with Pakistan's foreign minister to discuss the Afghan peace process. (File/AFP)
Updated 18 January 2019
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Khalilzad discusses Afghan peace process with Pakistani FM

  • The US envoy briefed him "on his recent engagements in the region for an Afghan peace and reconciliation process"
  • Islamabad says its influence on the Taliban is overstated but it will do whatever is possible for peace

ISLAMABAD: Officials say US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has met with Pakistan's foreign minister on the second day of his visit to Islamabad as part of efforts to find a peaceful solution to neighboring Afghanistan's 17-year war.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that during Friday's meeting with Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the U.S. envoy briefed him "on his recent engagements in the region for an Afghan peace and reconciliation process."
He said Qureshi assured Khalilzad of Pakistan's support for a peace process, which has suffered a setback because of the Taliban's persistent refusal to directly talk to the Afghan government in Kabul.
Washington hopes Pakistan can help end the conflict.
Islamabad says its influence on the Taliban is overstated but it will do whatever is possible for peace. 


13 under arrest for Sri Lanka blasts: police

Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 17 min 59 sec ago
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13 under arrest for Sri Lanka blasts: police

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan police have arrested 13 men in connection with bomb blasts on churches and hotels that killed more than 200 people, officials said Monday.
Authorities have not made public details on those held after Sunday’s attacks. But a police source told AFP the 13 were detained at two locations in and around Colombo.
The source said the 13 men are from the same radical group.
At least two of the eight attacks were carried out by suicide bombers, according to police and other sources, and three police were killed when another suicide bomber detonated explosives during a raid on a house where suspects were.