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Pakistan's Army Chief Holds Talks In Kabul


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani recently met Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.

Pakistan's army chief has held talks in Kabul with top Afghan officials as part of new efforts to revive talks between the Afghan government and the extremist Taliban militia group.

General Raheel Sharif met in Kabul on December 27 with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah.

Abdullah's deputy spokesman Jawed Faisal told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that "the officials discussed the Afghan peace progress, mutual interests, and security."

He added that "the discussions were fruitful" but gave no further details on the talks.

Pakistani military spokesman Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa said earlier that General Raheel Sharif was going to Afghanistan with "sincerity and optimism" in order to achieve better border management and to discuss the Afghan peace process.

Sharif's visit comes some two weeks after a regional conference in Islamabad called for the resumption of Afghan-Taliban peace negotiations. That conference was attended by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The talks between Taliban officials and Kabul were frozen in July when Afghanistan announced the death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Afghan officials have in recent years criticized Islamabad for allowing the Taliban to freely operate in the Pakistani-Afghan border area.

Based on reporting by Radio Free Afghanistan, AP, and Dawn.com

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