PESHAWAR: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is prone to meet Afghan Taliban representatives throughout his go to to Pakistan beginning on Sunday, authorities sources stated, a part of efforts to dealer an finish to Afghanistan’s 17-year-old battle.
Pakistan has been taking part in an more and more very important function in Afghan peace talks, which have been gathering momentum in latest months amid a rising US want to tug out its troops.
Together with different Gulf international locations, Saudi Arabia has been a part of the peace negotiations and is seen to have some sway over the Afghan Taliban attributable to Riyadh’s historic ties with the Islamist group and the dominion’s spiritual clout because the birthplace of Islam.
Two senior Pakistani officers stated the crown prince was prone to meet Afghan Taliban representatives in Islamabad, the place the group says it’s to satisfy US representatives and Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“Although it’s high secret to date, there are robust indications representatives of the Afghan Taliban will meet Prince Salman throughout their go to of Pakistan on February 18,” one of many Pakistani officers stated.
A senior Taliban chief in Qatar stated no resolution had been made on whether or not they would meet the crown prince.
“Really assembly Prince Salman will not be within the plan to date however we will talk about it after we are in Islamabad,” stated the Taliban consultant.
Pakistan’s International Workplace and Saudi Arabia’s authorities didn’t reply to a request for remark.
The crown prince is predicted to go away Pakistan on Monday after signing a raft of funding agreements within the vitality sector for greater than $10 billion.
Revealed in Daybreak, February 17th, 2019