Afghan Peace Deal: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells has arrived in Islamabad from New Delhi where she is expected to play a crucial role in the possible peace deal between the US and the Afghan Taliban.
Wells, according to the Foreign Office is expected to have a series of meetings with foreign, interior and finance ministry officials. The nature of her engagements in Islamabad suggests that the agenda is wide-ranging including possible peace deal with the Afghan Taliban.
We are happy to welcome Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells to #Pakistan! PDAS Wells plans to meet with Pakistani officials and others to discuss progress on various issues in our growing relationship. #Partners4Prosperity #USPAK #USinPAK #USEmbassyISB pic.twitter.com/FnmsRQOwsO
— U.S. Embassy Islamabad (@usembislamabad) January 19, 2020
The Taliban had recently indicated that they are willing to reduce the level of violence leading to the signing of a peace deal. If the deal is signed by the end of this month, there is a possibility of a high-level visit from the US to the region for final settlement plan.
As EurAsian Times reported earlier, Pakistan is persuading Washington to help its name getting-off the of FATF grey list which could be a barter for the Afghan Peace Deal. Foreign Minister Qureshi told a news conference in Washington recently that the US must help Pakistan at FATF since Islamabad made significant progress to meet the global body’s requirements.