Afghan deputy foreign minister Hekmat Karzai. - A file photo

PESHAWAR, 9 July: Afghanistan has said that the first round of talks with the Afghan Taliban delegation in Pakistan remained successful.

Afghan deputy foreign minister Hekmat Karzai told media after arriving back in Kabul on Thursday that both the sides expressed their desire for peace in the region during the talks. He said the negotiations were important as both the teams were backed officially by their respective sides.

A foreign news agency quoting a member of the Afghan government delegation reported that the issue of foreign troops on Afghan soil, United Nations sanctions and war prisoners came under discussion during first round of talks which were held in Murree.

The Pakistan Foreign Office has also declared the talks as an important development. The US and Chinese representatives also attended the talks process as observers.

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