US terms Taliban peace talks Pakistan’s internal matter

Eurasia News

WASHINGTON: The United States has said that peace dialogue process between the Pakistani government and the Taliban is an internal matter for Islamabad.

“We would, of course, refer you to them on what is happening on the ground regarding those details in those reports”, the US state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, referring to a recent report published on the Washington Post regarding the US sharply curtailing drone strikes in Pakistan amid peace talks.

On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that the United States has sharply curtailed drone strikes in Pakistan after the Pakistani government asked for restraint as it is set to begin peace dialogue process with the Taliban.

“I did see the report, of course, which I know many of you may have read. We’re naturally not going to discuss alleged specific operational issues. We talked about this a little bit yesterday”, Psaki said.

The US-based daily newspaper further said that the Obama administration indicated that it will continue carrying out strikes on senior al Qaeda officials if they become available or to thwart any immediate threat to US citizens.