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Talks won't slow down counter-terror campaign: MoFA

Talks won't slow down counter-terror campaign: MoFA

Jul 08, 2015 - 18:21

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Wednesday said the government was fully determined to achieve peace but reconciliation talks would not slow down the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign.

Addressing a press conference here, MoFA spokesman Ahmad Shakib Mustagni confirmed the government had held face-to-face talks with Talibaninfo-icon representatives for the first time in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistaninfo-icon.

A four-member delegation of the government met three Taliban representatives in Murree -- a tourist resort close to Islamabad -- last night. The meeting continued on Wednesday.

Names of participants were kept under wraps but reports said Deputy Foreign Minister Hikmat Khalil Karzai, President Advisor Haji Din Mohammad and members of the High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) represented the government at the talks.

Sitting across the negotiating table were Maulviinfo-icon Jalil, Mullahinfo-icon Abbas Stanikzai and Qari Din Mohammad -- representing the Taliban side.

Taliban have not yet spoken on the Murree meeting, but the group had earlier said Qatar-based Taliban leaders were the authorized body for negotiations.

Mustaghni slammed the self-styled Islamic State (IS) as a global terrorist organization, which would be flushed out of the country.

Present on the occasion, deputy spokesman for Ministry of Defence (MoD) Dawlat Waziri supported Afghan-led peace process and said that war was not a solution to nay problem.

He urged the militants to renounce violence and join the peace process aimed at ending the decade long conflict.


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