• publish: 27 February 2016
  • time: 7:29 am
  • category: Politics
  • No: 3470
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New group formed to help peace and stability in Afghanistan

A new group named G6+1 – including Iran, India, Russia, the US, China and Pakistan plus Afghanistan – has been formed to help the Afghan peace talks, according to Afghan sources.

Hanif Atmar, national security advisor to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, said the new group was formed upon a call by Afghanistan on the sidelines of the International Contact Group on Afghanistan (ICG) in Berlin.

The group will be led by Afghanistan, Atmar said. According to Irna.

He said that the aim of G6+1 is to jointly fight with terrorism and boost security in Afghanistan and the entire region.

Atmar noted that the new group is not to replace the quadrilateral group composed of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US, because he said the group is tasked with helping talks with the Taliban.

Iran, Russia and India had earlier signaled readiness to contribute to peace efforts in Afghanistan and help promote regional cooperation.

Some senior Afghan analysts believe that Afghanistan’s peace talks will yield no fruit without the presence of Iran, Russia and India as main regional powers.

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