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Pakistan says 'progress' made at Taliban-US talks in Qatar

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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2019 file photo released by Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Special Envoy of the Qatar Foreign Minister for Counterterrorism and Mediation in conflicts resolution, Dr. Mutlaq Bin Majid Al-Qahtanithe, mediates talks between the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, and the Deputy Commander of the Taliban Movement for Political Affairs, Mulla Abdul Ghani Berader, in an undisclosed place in Doha, Qatar. Pakistan’s foreign minister said Tuesday March 12, 2019, in a news conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Islamabad, that “progress has been made” at ongoing peace talks between the Taliban and the U.S., which have stretched over two weeks in Qatar. (Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP, File): FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2019 file photo released by Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Special Envoy of the Qatar Foreign Minister for Counterterrorism and Mediation in conflicts resolution, Dr. Mutlaq Bin Majid Al-Qahtanithe, mediates talks between the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, and the Deputy Commander of the Taliban Movement for Political Affairs, Mulla Abdul Ghani Berader, in an undisclosed place in Doha, Qatar. (Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2019 file photo released by Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Special Envoy of the Qatar Foreign Minister for Counterterrorism and Mediation in conflicts resolution, Dr. Mutlaq Bin Majid Al-Qahtanithe, mediates talks between the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, and the Deputy Commander of the Taliban Movement for Political Affairs, Mulla Abdul Ghani Berader, in an undisclosed place in Doha, Qatar. (Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP, File)

DOHA, Qatar — Pakistan's foreign minister says "progress has been made" at ongoing peace talks in Qatar between the Taliban and the U.S. that have stretched over two weeks.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke on Tuesday at a news conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Islamabad.

Qureshi didn't elaborate, though he added: "Pakistan has encouraged all factions within Afghanistan to sit together and have a meaningful intra-Afghan dialogue."

The talks between U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives have gone on days longer than initially expected in Doha, the Qatari capital.

The U.S. had asked Pakistan to assist in its efforts to find a negotiated peace with the Taliban to end the longest war in American history.

The Taliban refuse to negotiate with Kabul, which isn't taking part in the Qatar talks.

In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 photo, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi gives a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan. In a news conference with visiting German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Islamabad on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, Qureshi said that "progress has been made" at ongoing peace talks in Qatar between the Taliban and the U.S. that have stretched over two weeks. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed): In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 photo, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi gives a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) © The Associated Press In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 photo, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi gives a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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