Sunday, February 10, 2019
WASHINGTON: Pakistan has begun to play a behind-the-scenes but central role in supporting US peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, including by facilitating travel to negotiations, US officials and Taliban sources say. The Pakistani assistance, which has not been reported in such detail before, also includes exerting pressure on the Taliban leaders who fail to cooperate, including by detaining members of the militants' families, the insurgents say.
One senior US official, who declined to be identified, said of Pakistan's role in the talks: "We know it just wouldn't be possible without their support."
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