“The first round of a quadrilateral meeting between senior officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States that will lay a roadmap for peace negotiations and is set to be held on January 11 in Islamabad. The second round of the meeting will be convened in Kabul afterwards,” Ghani told a press briefing.
The first round of face-to-face talks between Taliban and the Afghan government was held in Pakistan in July but the second round was cancelled after the death of the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, was revealed.
The announcement came four days after President Ghani met with Pakistan’s Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in Kabul and the two countries agreed to take action against those armed groups refusing to join the peace process.
Amidst the recent efforts for the revival of the peace dialogue, the Taliban insurgents have recently intensified their activities, triggering heavy clashes between Afghan security forces and the militants in parts of the country, especially in the southern provinces, the former Taliban’s hotbed.