Afghanistan, Pakistan agree on quadrilateral meeting in January
A statement issued from the Presidential Palace in Kabul said President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah met with visiting Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif and his delegation.
The meeting conferred on security issues, the joint struggle against terrorism, the resumption of peace process and information sharing, the statement said.
The two sides insisted on effective measures to deny terrorists free movement between the two countries.
The meeting also agreed on paying attention and respect to people-to-people contact, needs of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan and also agreed not to allow terrorists to use the soil of both countries against each other.
The sides agreed that talks would be held with Taliban groups willing to shun violence and those hell bent on violence would be dealt with in accordance with a mutually worked out framework.
A statement released by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said: "With a shared responsibility, all stakeholders would support and ensure success of an Afghan-led dialogue and reconciliation process".
The first round of quadrilateral meeting will be scheduled in January to work out a clear and comprehensive road map for a meaningful peace process with a clear demarcation of responsibilities of each stake holders at all stages.
The meetings laid stress upon instituting an effective mechanism for better coordination among the two countries about individuals and tribesman crossing the border.
Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Adullah and the top Pakistani general agreed to take action against the armed groups refusing to join the Afghan-led reconciliation process.
Abdullah and Gen. Raheel “discussed options to take action against the armed groups that refuse to come to the negotiation table,” the CEO spokesman said.
Javid Faisal told Pajhwok Afghan News after the meeting: “Both sides also agreed to take quick and strong action against terrorist groups. The resumption of the peace process, the fight against terrorism and issues of mutual interest were also discussed.
Also present on the occasion were the Afghan foreign minister, acting defence minister, national security advisor, army and intelligence chiefs, as well as other senior officials.
The army chief was initially scheduled to visit Kabul before the Heart of Asia conference in Islamabad on December 9. However, testy statements from Kabul led to a delay in the trip.
In July this year, landmark Pakistan-brokered peace parleys between the Afghan government and the Taliban collapsed after the disclosure of Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death by Kabul-based officials.
Later, Gen. Raheel met General John Campbell, Commander Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and visited Bagram Air Base where he was briefed on the capabilities of Resolute Support Mission and special operations.
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