Afghan officials in Pakistan for talks on peace efforts

Afghan officials in Pakistan for talks on peace efforts
Members of the Helmand Peace Convoy, calling for an end to the 17-year war, arrive in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, June 18, 2018 after trekking across the country on foot. The protest march began with a group of nine men and picked up supporters during the long journey, traveling more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) over nearly 40 days. The march began in the southern city of Lashkar Gah, in the Helmand province, an area largely under Taliban control. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says top security officials are in Pakistan for talks on reviving the peace process with the Taliban.

Feroz Bashari, a government spokesman, says National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar, intelligence chief Masoum Stanikzai and Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak traveled to Pakistan Tuesday for talks with senior officials.

Pakistan is believed to have influence over the Taliban, whose senior leadership is based in the country. Pakistan’s army chief visited the Afghan capital earlier this month, where he met with senior Afghan and U.S. officials.

The Taliban observed a cease-fire over the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday last weekend but rejected the government’s request for an extension.