Khalili embarks on 3-day visit to Islamabad to discuss peace talks

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KABUL: The Hezb-e-Wahdat-e Islami leader and former vice president of Afghanistan, Ustad Karim Khalili, is expected to arrive in Islamabad on Monday to confer on peace talks with the Pakistani officials.
According to Pakistan’s Foreign Office, Khalili, at the head of a delegation, would stay for three days, meeting with the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, foreign minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaisar, as well as other dignitaries. 
“The visit of Ustad Karim Khalili is part of Pakistan’s ongoing policy to reach out to Afghanistan’s political leadership to forge a common understanding of the Afghan peace process and deepen people-to-people linkages,” the spokesperson stated. 
Pakistan’s ties with the Afghan nation were entrenched in a shared history, faith, culture, values, and traditions; therefore, Pakistan fully supported the Afghan peace, stability, and prosperity, added the statement. 
“Pakistan remains steadfast in its support for an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political solution of the conflict in Afghanistan through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process,” the spokesperson said.
This is while the second phase of intra-Afghan talks is in progress between Kabul and the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha and Islamabad’s influence over the Taliban is deemed crucial to make peace with the insurgent group.