US, Taliban hail Pakistan’s role in peace deal

US, Taliban hail Pakistan’s role in peace deal

Islamabad (Agencies): The United States and Taliban have thanked Pakistan to end decades-long war through peace deal signed between the both in a conference room in a luxury hotel in the Qatari capital on Saturday.


Afghan Taliban Spokesperson Suhail Shaheen praised Pakistan's role in the historic peace deal reached between the Taliban and the US in Doha.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said those who used to criticise Pakistan were praising the country today.

"Congratulations to the whole nation, Pakistan is being accorded respect in the entire situation [of the Afghan peace talks]," he said.

The agreement is expected to lead to a dialogue between the Taliban and the Kabul government that, if successful, could ultimately see an end to the grinding 18-year conflict.

Taliban fighter-turned-dealmaker Mullah Baradar signed the accord alongside Washington’s chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad, in a conference room in a luxury hotel in the Qatari capital.

The pair then shook hands, as people in the room shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest).

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looked on as the two inked the deal, and alluded to the difficult work that remains to be done.