Pakistan welcomes Ghani's peace offer to Taliban

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01 de marzo de 2018, 14:50Islamabad, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) Pakistan confirmed today the readiness of the president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, to open negotiations with the Taliban while proposing itself as the mediator in the planned dialogue to try to end the conflict in the neighboring country.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muham¬mad Asif on Thursday said his country will not act as United States' proxy. Any peace talks with Afghanistan have to be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani shakes hands with a foreign delegate at the Kabul Process conference in the country's capital Wednesday.

Differences over how to fight terrorism and stabilize Afghanistan have hurt Pakistan's relations with the U.S.

In an interview with First Post, the ambassador suggested the Taliban's strength depended on Pakistan's support.

After an global peace conference in Kabul, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday unveiled a plan to open talks with the Taliban, including eventually recognising them as a political party.

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"We have called on the Taliban to cease violence and we all wait to see how they will respond" to the conference declaration on the Kabul Process.

But Pakistan, the minister said, is in the process of correcting its foreign policy to wanting to be "close to friends in the region".

It said that the UN Mission recognizes the inclusive consultations to build a national consensus on peace conducted by the government and the High Peace Council before the conference as an important part of any national peace process, adding that the UN looks forward to the further and deeper involvement of Afghan women in all future dialogue and talks.

He told delegates: "Your presence here is a visible reminder that we are an global community united not only by shared threats, but shared interests and shared opportunities". "So, it is a good move and a healthy sign emerging in Afghanistan [towards promoting peace]". Asif insisted that neighboring and regional countries have "direct stakes" in whatever is happening in Afghanistan.

Asif said the tensions and security challenges facing his country stem from Islamabad's polices of siding with Washington in the Afghan resistance against Soviet occupation of the neighboring country and joining the US -led military coalition that invaded Afghanistan after the September, 2001 attacks in the U.S.