The U.S. government has launched into three-way peace talks with the Afghan government and Taliban, a senior military official in Afghanistan told Fox News.

The talks come as Afghan President Hamid Karzai also visits Pakistan in a bid to press for that country’s cooperation. Pakistan is vital because the leaders of both the Taliban and the affiliated Haqqani network are thought to be based in the country and in contact with Pakistani intelligence officials.

The senior military official said the three-way talks are just one of several developments officials are monitoring.

“The talks are something we, of course, are conscious of and are watching, but there are other issues that we are interested in resolving, such as detention facilities control, night operations and the future growth of the Afghan Army,” the official said. “These are all ongoing.”

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