KABUL - Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday reassured the US that Pakistan remained committed to peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. "Pakistan sincerely desires peace and stability in the region to ensure development and prosperity," he said in a statement which significantly emphasized that Islamabad only "supports Afghan-led reconciliation and peace process".
Gilani also spoke to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and discussed the political process in Afghanistan and strains in Pakistan-US ties.
The US has said that the three meetings held with a group of Taliban representatives led by Tayyab Agha, an aide to Mullah Omar, in Qatar and Germany were just preliminary contacts.
The UK also confirmed last week that it was talking to the Taliban for a political settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Gilani stated Pakistan's expectations about any political dialogue with Taliban.
"Efforts should be to create conducive environment for negotiations leading to a situation acceptable to Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US."