Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani officially opened the 4th round of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) meeting in Kabul on Tuesday and once again called on all warring parties to join the peace process.
He said Afghanistan would welcome any group joining the process but that the Afghan government has a strong message for those who reject peace. “Security forces will act with full force against those who reject peace,” he said.
He said Afghanistan will continue to fight groups that threaten the country’s achievements. According to Tolo News.
Rabbani stated that the nation believes in peace and that its Constitution does not stop anyone from joining the peace process.
“We are working together to achieve peace,” he said adding that those who choose to join the process will be welcomed.
He stated that although Afghanistan is leading the talks, regional countries should cooperate.
Tuesday’s QCG meeting, between representatives of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and US, will hopefully finalize a date for direct negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
Even CEO Abdullah Abdullah said early Tuesday via his Twitter account: “We expect a date of 1st meeting for direct peace talks with Taliban.”
Representatives from the four countries met on February 6 in Islamabad where they adopted a roadmap to facilitate direct talks between the government and the Taliban.
Sayed Zafar Hashemi, a deputy presidential spokesman, referring to direct talks with the Taliban said that “(Tuesday’s) meeting will focus on the negotiations and on which groups to talk to and when the talks must be held.”
“Reforms and changes which have occurred within the High Peace Council have also nourished hopes for a more inclusive role of the council in Afghanistan’s peace process,” he said.
This new attempt at peace talks comes after previous failed attempts.
The QCG group was launched in December last year in Pakistan on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia conference. The QCG is comprised of top negotiators from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US.