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1st round of quadrilateral meeting on Afghan talks on Jan. 16

1st round of quadrilateral meeting on Afghan talks on Jan. 16

Dec 31, 2015 - 20:58

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The first round of the quadrilateral meeting among Afghanistaninfo-icon, Pakistaninfo-icon, he United States and China would be held on January 16, the Senate was informed on Thursday.

Defence Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif told the upper house the participants would work out a comprehensive road map for the second round of Afghan peace negotiations.

Briefing the Senate on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Raheel Sharif’s recent visit to Kabulinfo-icon, Khwaja Asif said the meeting would demarcate responsibilities of each stakeholder.

He added Gen. Raheel had visited Kabul with the message that the peace process would necessarily be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned. The two sides agreed to pursue reconciliation with the Talibaninfo-icon groups willing to join the process.

The minister made clear the elements refusing to renounce violence would be dealt with under a mutually agreed plan. The peace process should not be disrupted just because certain groups were not part of it, he observed.

Islamabad hosted a first direct talks meeting between the Afghan government and Taliban in July, but the process broke down after the disclosure of the death of Mullahinfo-icon Omar.

Separately, a Foreign Office spokesman said dates were being firmed up for the first meeting of the quadrilateral coordination committee in Islamabad. The ‘Heart of Asia’ conference was marked by a warm welcome to visiting dignitaries.


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