• publish: 22 February 2016
  • time: 10:31 am
  • category: Politics
  • No: 3415
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Quadrilateral Group to hold its 4th meeting for peace talks in Kabul tomorrow

The fourth Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) meeting of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China is taking place in capital Kabul on Tuesday.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the date had been fixed during the last four-nation meeting earlier in the month.

According to the ministry, all stakeholders have agreed to continue efforts for setting a date for direct talks with Taliban groups.

An informed source in Pakistan has also said that a date for resumption of direct talks between Afghan government and Taliban would be disclosed in the 4th meeting. Khaama press writes.

The four-nation committee formed by Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai from Afghanistan, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry, Ambassador Richard G. Olson from the United States and Ambassador Deng Xijun from China expect the direct talks would take place sometimes this month.

Taliban are said to have been made aware of the developments.

Two senior members of Taliban’s political office reportedly visited Islamabad on February 6 when the third round of the quadrilateral talks was held for finalizing the three-step roadmap for restarting the halted process.

The two peace negotiators were Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikza, who heads the Qatar political office, and Qari Din Mohammad, who is another peace negotiator at Qatar office.

A source privy to the development said that the two senior Taliban members brought with them a list of their representatives who are authorized to talk on behalf of the group.

The agreement to revive stalled peace talks with Taliban was reached during a meeting between President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif on the sideline of the “Heart of Asia” conference in Islamabad.

 

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