Afghan Peace Deal Could Be Signed By Ending January As Top US Official Arrives In Pakistan

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.

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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.

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.

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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.