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Senators hold mixed views about QCG meeting outcome

Senators hold mixed views about QCG meeting outcome

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Oct 17, 2017 - 18:14

KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Mehsrano Jirga members on Tuesday termed previous meeting of Quadrilateral Cooperation Group (QCG) as unproductive and suggested Afghanistan should have entered at Muscat meeting with serious stance.

Diplomats from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the US met on Monday in Muscat, Oman’s capital, for the first time in more than a year in an attempt to facilitate direct talks between Kabul and the Taliban.

The killing of Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a US drone strike in Balochistan last year had dealt a setback to the quadrilateral process.

Meanwhile, the Meshrano Jirga Tuesday’s session conferred on the topic with some other members of the upper house criticising the low public awareness about the QCG meeting and not keeping the National Assembly in the loop about vital meeting. Senators proposed inclusion of Russian and Iran in the quadrilateral process.

The house also decided to summon Salahuddin Rabbani, acting foreign minister, to brief the public representatives on the QCG meeting in Oman and answer lawmakers’ questions about deficiencies at his ministry.  

Senator Abdullah Qarlaq said several meetings similar to the QCG had been held in the past which produced no results but rather were just waste of time.

He hoped that this meeting of the four-nation group would yield positive results in case the countries involved took ‘sincere’ steps with regard to bringing peace in Afghanistan.

Rana Tarin, another lawmaker, suggested those Afghan diplomats participating in the QCG meeting to have a serious, determine and plain-spoken discussion with the three countries that have direct hands in Afghanistan war to make the global meeting on Afghan peace productive.

She didn’t mention the three countries but said if the QCG meeting passed like the earlier ones, it would have no results.

Mualvi Ghulam Mohaiuddin Munsif, another public representative, emphasized the QCG should have all member countries of the UN, especially Afghanistan neighbors; because if other countries were not involved, it would lead to doubts and speculations about the meeting.

Senator Dr. Zalmai Zabuli said people weren’t aware of the QCG meeting in Oman and the minister of foreign affairs should be summoned to the house for sharing information in this regard.

Gul Mohammad Rasoli, another senator, said the QCG had so far held five sessions but none of them had tangible results; because Pakistan didn’t want peace in Afghanistan.

Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, the Meshrano Jirga chairman, while wrapping up today’s session said he was optimistic about the QCG meeting in Muscat and it would be better if Iran and Russia was given part in it.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), on Tuesday declared that the QCG meeting in Oman was a revival of the previous meetings in order Pakistan honored its promises.

Shakib Mustaghni, the MoFA spokesman, said next session of QCG wouldn’t be held until Pakistan delivered on its promises.

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