Pakistan urges ‘all sides’ to commit to intra-Afghan talks as next critical step for peace

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 21 (APP):Voicing cautious optimism about peace prospects in Afghanistan, Pakistan has underscored the need for taking the next key step: initiating an “intra-Afghan dialogue” aimed at ending the 18-year-old war in the strife-torn country.

“We urge all sides, including the Taliban, to commit to this,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said in a speech to the UN Security Council, while highlighting Pakistan’s efforts to facilitate Afghan government-Taliban peace negotiations.