Pakistan: ‘Progress’ made at Taliban-US talks

US, Taliban and Qatar officials meet in Doha to discuss a peace agreement for Pakistan. (Qatari Foreign Ministry via Reuters)
Updated 12 March 2019

Pakistan: ‘Progress’ made at Taliban-US talks

  • The talks between US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives have gone on days longer than initially expected
  • The Taliban refuse to negotiate with Kabul, which is not taking part in the Qatar talks

DOHA, Qatar: Pakistan’s foreign minister says “progress has been made” at ongoing peace talks in Qatar between the Taliban and the US that have stretched over two weeks.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke on Tuesday at a news conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Islamabad.
Qureshi didn’t elaborate, though he added: “Pakistan has encouraged all factions within Afghanistan to sit together and have a meaningful intra-Afghan dialogue.”
The talks between US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives have gone on days longer than initially expected in Doha, the Qatari capital.
The US had asked Pakistan to assist in its efforts to find a negotiated peace with the Taliban to end the longest war in American history.
The Taliban refuse to negotiate with Kabul, which isn’t taking part in the Qatar talks.


Malaysia reports 38 new coronavirus cases, one new death

Updated 06 June 2020

Malaysia reports 38 new coronavirus cases, one new death

  • The health ministry reported one new death, raising total fatalities to 117

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian health officials reported 38 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the cumulative total to 8,304.
The health ministry also reported one new death, raising total fatalities to 117.