Afghanistan Government and Talibans have to decide suitable time for peace dialogues: Sartaj Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Pre-conditions for a successful outcome are required and that requires consensus on both sides. Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said the time is not “opportune” for Pakistan’s role in the Afghan peace talks. "Right now I don't think the time is opportune," Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's adviser on foreign affairs said on Monday during a seminar at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) think-tank here. According to details, he said that “Reconciliation is in our view one of the best options but the pre-conditions for a successful outcome is required, and that requires some consensus among stakeholders” His statement came after Prime Minister Sharif said that Pakistan was working to restart the stalled peace talks between the Afghan government and the militants. It was important for the revival of peace talks that the warring sides were convinced about the usefulness of the process and then create an atmosphere for it. “Afghan government and Talibans have to decide when meaningful discussions can take place. That is the time where our role comes. Aziz said He also said anything that would reduce the level of insurgency and infighting in Afghanistan would be welcomed by Pakistan.