4-way meeting set to discuss roadmap for peace negotiations
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Islamabad is poised to present a list of “reconcilable” Afghan Taliban at a quadrilateral meeting that will prepare a roadmap for the revival of peace talks in Islamabad on Monday, said an official.
Representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China would lay the groundwork for the reconciliation process, aimed at ending nearly four decades of conflict in the country, said the official familiar with the agenda.
The source told Pajhwok Afghan News Pakistan would hand the participants a list of the Taliban ready for dialogue with the Ashraf Ghani administration. However, he ruled out Taliban’s participation in today’s meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Committee.
Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Advisor will chair the meeting being attended by Afghanistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Khalil Hekmat Karzai and representatives of the US and China. Aziz will address the opening session. Leading a four-member delegation, Karzai arrived in Islamabad on Sunday evening.
A day earlier, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah’s deputy spokesman Javid Faisal said Pakistan’s list would identify the Taliban who were willing for peace talks. Islamabad has promised choking financial support to Taliban based in Pakistani cities, including Quetta and Peshawar.
Brokered by Pakistan, the first direct peace negotiations collapsed in July last year when the death of Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Omar was disclosed. Militant-linked violence has sharply escalated in Afghanistan ever since the rare talks broke down.
A third round of the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan trilateral dialogue, focused on continuing the Afghan peace process, will precede the four-way talks. The role of China and Pakistan and regional countries in finding a peaceful resolution to the Afghan conflict will be discussed.
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