There appears to be a shift in Islamabad, which has long been accused of harbouring the Taliban

Pakistan will do everything in its power to bring peace to Afghanistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed on Tuesday, as he said his country was brokering talks between American and Taliban envoys.

“Pakistan has helped in the dialogue between Taliban and the US in Abu Dhabi. Let us pray that this leads to peace and ends almost three decades of suffering of the brave Afghan people. Pakistan will be doing everything within its power to further the peace process,” he tweeted.

After a first day of discussions in Abu Dhabi, Taliban militants said they had held “extensive rounds of meetings” with US officials on the withdrawal of American troops.

The three-day meeting which began on Monday appeared to mark a significant shift for Islamabad, which has long been accused of granting the Taliban safe havens and not doing enough to end the Afghan conflict.

Yet the difficulties of progress were underlined when the Taliban delegation continued to refuse to talk to Afghan government negotiators on the sidelines of the meeting.

A Taliban delegation met Donald Trump’s envoy Zalmay Khalilzad alongside officials from the UAE, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

The meeting came as Afghanistan’s regional neighbours are increasingly jockeying to influence any fledgling peace process, as Mr Trump eyes an exit from the 17-year war, America’s longest

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