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4-way talks resume in Islamabad, roadmap likely today

4-way talks resume in Islamabad, roadmap likely today

Feb 06, 2016 - 12:17

KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz on Saturday once again renewed Islamabad’s commitment to long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan, as the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) met in the nation’s capital.

Addressing the group’s third meeting involving Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China on Afghan peace process in Islamabad, Aziz reaffirmed Pakistan's firm commitment to lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

According to Express Tribune, the advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif emphasized that political reconciliation was the only viable option for promoting peace in Afghanistan. He said violent activities will have to be stopped for the success of the dialogue process.

Appreciating the Afghan government's commitment to reconciliation, Sartaj Aziz said the United States and China were playing constructive role to facilitate the peace process what he called a clear manifestation of shared commitment to take joint steps to check the menace of terrorism for long term-peace and stability.

He expressed the confidence that the meeting would now focus on early adoption of a roadmap for reconciliation process and holding of direct talks between Afghan Taliban and Kabul government as early as possible.

Earlier, Khairullah Azad, deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affair (MoFA), said the first QCG meeting which was held in Islamabad had discussed the committee’s work, the second meeting in Kabul discussed the entire spectrum of renewable peace talks with the Taliban.

In the third meeting, the roadmap for peace negotiations would be finalised. The Saturday’s meeting would be launched by Afghan delegation led by Hikmat Khalil Karzai, the deputy foreign minister.

Azad expressed optimism that the third meeting of QCG would give a final touch to the strategy upon which future talks with the insurgents would take place, adding that the steps would pave the way for direct talks with the Taliban.

The four countries agreed to work together last December on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia conference to revive the Afghan reconciliation process.

The roadmap which is intended to guide the efforts of starting a peace dialogue between the Afghan government and militants was China’s idea.