Pakistan Confirms Hosting US-Taliban Talks Next Week

State Dept denies getting any 'formal' invitation

On February 18, the Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has announced that Pakistan will be holding the next round of Afghanistan peace talks between the Taliban and the US government. The talks will be in Islamabad.

This is the latest in a series of talks between the two sides, and will come ahead of a reported February 25 meeting in Qatar. It’s not clear if that Qatar meeting is still happening or not.

The State Department, puzzlingly, claims they’re not sure if the February 18 talks are happening, saying they never got a “formal invitation,” even though Pakistan has repeatedly, publicly confirmed it.

The Taliban apparently did get the letter, with one of their spokesmen saying that they would be sending their negotiators to Islamabad for the meeting. The US presumably will be there, but wants to remain coy for now.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.