China to help Pakistan revive Afghan peace talks
Pakistan launched the fresh diplomatic push to resume the stalled Afghan peace talks just days before hosting the Heart of Asia – Istanbul process conference on Afghanistan.
The idea --- floated by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his meeting with President Ashraf Ghani in Paris on the sidelines of the international climate summit --- envisages collective efforts by Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the United States to revive the moribund process.
Pakistan brokered the first-ever direct talks between Kabul and Afghan Taliban in the hill town of Murree in the first week of July.
A followup meeting was called off at the eleventh hour after Afghan officials leaked news of longtime Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s death.
The quadrilateral initiative was discussed on Sunday between Chinese Ambassador in Kabul Yu Jing and Afghanistan National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar during a meeting at the latter’s office, a statement from the National Security Council (NSC) said.
They also discussed the meeting between President Ashraf Ghani and Chinese foreign minister on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process Conference in Islamabad.
The Chinese envoy said China would cooperate with Pakistan in meeting its promises with regard to bringing peace to Afghanistan and using the four nation platform effectively.
Representatives from the four countries who met in Islamabad had agreed to re-launch the peace process.
Pakistan had also promised to act against elements refusing to shun violence.
Atmar hoped the four countries would sincerely act on their pledges towards peace and stability in Afghanistan. He said peace in Afghanistan was in the best interest of the region.
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