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Pakistan Backs Afghan-led Reconciliation Effort

Pakistan Backs Afghan-led Reconciliation Effort

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Thursday said it would support every measure making the Afghan-led reconciliation process a success to bring peace and stability to the neighboring country.Abdul Basset, the Pakistan foreign ministry spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News over the telephone that the government of Pakistan would back reconciliation efforts led by Afghans.

He said Islamabad wished an independent and stable Afghanistan because a stable and peaceful Afghanistan was in Pakistan's interest.

On Tuesday, a Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement said they agreed to have an office outside Afghanistan to initiate a dialogue process with the international community.

"We are right now ready to have a political office overseas, in order to have an understanding with the international community, and in this regard we have reached an initial understanding with Qatar and relevant sites," Mujahid said.

The Taliban are also demanding the release of their prisoners from the US detention center in Cuba, Guantanamo Bay.

The Afghan government, the High Peace Council and the US have agreed to the establishment of a Taliban political bureau in Doha.