Pakistan says it wants stable Afghanistan

AP News
Posted: Jul 21, 2013 8:57 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior Pakistani official says his country is willing to help get peace talks started with the Taliban if asked.

Sartaj Aziz, a special adviser on national security and foreign affairs, says Islamabad has been trying to help jumpstart the peace process because a stable Afghanistan is in Pakistan's interest.

But Aziz told a news conference Sunday that any peace talks must be Afghan-owned and led. He was on a one-day visit to Afghanistan.

Peace talks have not yet begun and the Taliban earlier this month closed their political office in Qatar, at least temporarily, after a dispute broke out over their use of the name and flag they had during their five-year rule.

The U.S. and Pakistan have been working together to try and facilitate the talks.