KABUL: A hoped-for peace deal ending the war in Afghanistan will likely remain out of reach unless both the United States and the Taliban put more clear, consistent offers on the table, a senior diplomat from Afghanistan’s influential neighbour Pakistan said.
“We don’t think all these issues can be solved by fighting. There must be a political process, but the parties need to be serious about it,” Mohammad Sadiq, Islamabad’s ambassador in Kabul, told Reuters in an interview. “There is a lack of clarity on both sides,” Sadiq said, referring to the US and Taliban negotiating positions.
The role of Pakistan, with deep historic ties to the Taliban, will be pivotal in US efforts to broker a peace deal between the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the militant group, whose leaders are believed to based in Pakistan. After more than 10 years of costly NATO efforts failed to defeat the Taliban on the battlefield, Western nations have embraced the goal of a negotiated end to the conflict.