Pakistan terms Afghan-Taliban peace talks a 'breakthrough'

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's foreign ministry says this week's landmark peace talks between representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban were a "breakthrough" and that the two sides will meet again at a mutually agreed place after the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

Ministry spokesman Qazi Khalilullah didn't say whether the next round of talks will be held in Pakistan or elsewhere. He said Thursday that the atmosphere of the talks was "cordial" and that there would be a "further development."

The two sides held their first official face-to-face discussions on Tuesday in a resort town near Islamabad.

The talks came after several informal contacts between the Taliban and Kabul, most recently in Qatar and Norway.