For peace in Afghanistan, negotiations with Pakistan is must rather than Taliban: Ashraf Ghani

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KABUL: Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said negotiations with Pakistan would be more effective and are of great importance. In regards to his upcoming visit to Pakistan to attend the Heart of Asia summit and share the issue of Afghan peace talks, President Ghani said that talks with Pakistan are more productive than with the Taliban . President Ghani delivered a statement insisting on reconciliation process with Pakistan as the first step to bring peace and stability in the country. Ghani said a 14-year-long "undeclared war" had existed between the neighbours. The mutual suspicion is a major stumbling block to tackling the Taliban insurgency; each nation accuses the other of supporting insurgents across their shared border as a proxy force. The Afghan and Pakistani Taliban are separate but allied. President Ashraf Ghani is set to visit Pakistan this week for a regional conference in a high-level visit that boosts hopes for the revival of Taliban peace talks, officials confirmed Monday. The Indian foreign minister will also attend the two-day Heart of Asia conference in Islamabad, the highest-level visit from Delhi in years, which comes amid hopes that Pakistan can mend relations with its neighbours. (Khaama)

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