lastminute news'Taliban, Pak interested in withdrawal of int'l forces' SonDakika-Haberleri.Net
Washington: The Taliban and Pakistan are interested in the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan more than a peace settlement, a former Pakistani diplomat has said, warning that the ongoing peace talks in Doha are headed towards failure.
"I am not optimistic about the outcome of the talks. The US has made all the major concessions up front. The Taliban know that the US is eager to withdraw from Afghanistan. As they see it, they are just negotiating the withdrawal of foreign forces and the restoration of the status quo ante, when they ruled Afghanistan as its Islamic Emirate," Pakistan's former Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani said on Monday.