The US negotiator seeking to end Afghanistan’s war voiced hope on Wednesday that the Kabul government can reach a side deal with Pakistan, whose historic support of the Taliban has long tested relations.

The Taliban and Afghan government have opened peace talks in Qatar as the United States starts withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan to end its war.

Zalmay Khalilzad said that both Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa have been helpful in the diplomacy.

Khalilzad says once peace is restored in Afghanistan, economic reasons would be transformative.

Mr. Khalilzad told a forum at the University of Chicago’s Pearson Institute by video from Doha, we are seeking an agreement between Afghanistan and Pakistan as an adjunct to internal peace.

He said both countries would agree that their territory will not be allowed to be used against the other by extremist groups or groups that would diminish the security of the other.

He saw economic incentives for Pakistan if Kabul and the Taliban reached a deal, Mr. Khalilzad said. He said, there are economic reasons that would be metamorphic for the region should peace in Afghanistan come.

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