Trilateral meeting agrees on stepped-up efforts to end conflict
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States have renewed their commitment toenabling an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned political process that promotes adialogue between the government and Taliban groups on ending violence.
The reaffirmation of this collective commitment came at a trilateral meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday. In a joint declaration, the participants called peace and reconciliationthe surest way to end violence and ensure stability inthe region.
Following is the complete text of the declaration:
Afghanistan, Pakistan and the UnitedStates commit to accelerate diplomatic and political efforts to put anend to the conflict in Afghanistan. The aim of the peace process will beto negotiate in good faith to resolve outstanding issues, build onareas of agreement and develop a lasting solution that meets the needsof all Afghans.
All three countries will work to create conditions thatencourage participation of Taliban groups in a peace process thatdemonstrates to them that they have a real option of politicalengagement.
Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States commit topursuing the start of peace talks immediately. All efforts for dialoguebetween the government of Afghanistan and Taliban groups will beexplored and encouraged. All will pursue with urgency confidence-building measures that reduces the level of violence in Afghanistan, andallow for full participation and talks by all participants.
Afghanistan and Pakistan agree that all forms of terrorism present agreat threat to both countries and the region. Both countries commit topreventing their territory to be used by any violent extremist group orthird party and acknowledge that those who refuse to join a politicalresolution of the conflict in Afghanistan must be opposed with all meansavailable. The United States commits to supporting these efforts.
Safeguarding Afghanistan’s sovereignty, unity, independence, territorialintegrity, and Islamic character as a democratic republic arefundamental to resolving the current conflict.
The legitimacy of theAfghan state and the legitimacy of Afghanistan’s constitution must befully respected. The rights of all Afghans, regardless of ethnicity, gender or religious identity, must be protected in any peace process.
Afghanistan and Pakistan commit to broadening their state-to-statepolitical, economic and security cooperation and people-to-peopleinteractions. Friendly, mutually respectful relations betweenAfghanistan and Pakistan are necessary to create an enabling environmentfor peace process and talks and to ensure the security, stability, prosperityand national interests of both states.
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