Pakistani Army Chief Leaves for Kabul to Discuss Peace Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry with Pakistan Army Chief Raheel Sharif during his visit to Islamabad last January. Sharif left Dec. 27 for Kabul to discuss the Afghan peace process. (Voice of America photo)
Secretary of State John Kerry with Pakistan Army Chief Raheel Sharif during his visit to Islamabad last January. Sharif left Dec. 27 for Kabul to discuss the Afghan peace process. (Voice of America photo)

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's powerful army chief left for Kabul Sunday amid efforts to revive peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Military spokesman Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa said Sunday that army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif traveled to Afghanistan with "sincerity and optimism" to discuss the Afghan peace process and plans for better border management between the two neighbors.

Sharif's visit comes two weeks after a regional conference held in Islamabad called for the resumption of the Afghan-Taliban peace negotiations. The conference was attended by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The talks between the Taliban and Kabul have been on hold since July, when Afghanistan announced the death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

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