Ex-US diplomat calls for designating Pakistan as 'state sponsor of terrorism'

Ex-US diplomat calls for designating Pakistan as 'state sponsor of terrorism'

Ex-US diplomat calls for designating Pakistan as 'state sponsor of terrorism'

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday that the Trump administration's policy in Afghanistan is working, saying talks between the government and Taliban extremists, and a peace process, are closer than ever before.

The relations were further hit after Pakistan said it will not share intelligence inputs with USA security agencies.

The Afghan government is making strides towards stability, she said, and "continues to make ten steps forward and with Pakistan they feel like they continue to take steps backward".

Haley said Afghan officials told the UN envoys that "they're starting to see the Taliban concede; they are starting to see them move toward coming to the table" as a result of a new strategy the United States put in place last summer that has given the USA military a freer hand to work with Afghan forces to defeat the Taliban. Wells said the U.S. wanted that the continuing presence of the Haqqani network and other terrorist groups within Pakistan's territory must be adequately addressed.

Ambassador Haley, who is also a member of President Trump's cabinet, said her takeaway from her visit is that "the entire peace process is Afghan-led and Afghan-owned".

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This apart, United States also suspended additional aid of $ 2 billion to Pakistan.

The UN visit to Kabul came as a delegation of Taliban negotiators based in Qatar visited Islamabad to discuss restarting peace negotiations, media reported on January 17. "We have to stand up to those who accuse us of harboring terrorists", the minister said.

Both sides officially denied holding any talks.

Russian Federation called on Wednesday for urgent talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, its Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Last year, the Kremlin organised further talks that included the Afghan government as well as India and Iran.

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