Pakistan has “welcomed” a second round of talks between the United States and the Taliban since the latter’s takeover of Afghanistan earlier this year and reiterated their view that the world community needs to engage with the Taliban’s government. This Al Jazeera reports, as US Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan Tom West is due to arrive in the Qatari capital Doha for two days of talks with Taliban officials next week. US State Department spokesman Ned Price said the agenda for talks would be the US’s “vital national interest” in Afghanistan, which “includes counterterrorism, [and] safe passage for US citizens and for Afghans to whom [they] have a special commitment.