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Biden to meet Ghani, Sharif on renewed Afghan peace push

Biden to meet Ghani, Sharif on renewed Afghan peace push

Jan 21, 2016 - 11:43

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US Vice President Joe Biden will meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the Pakistaninfo-icon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Davos on Thursday, the White House said.

Biden, Ghani and Sharif are currently in Switzerland to attend the Worldinfo-icon Economic Forum. The meeting is part of the Obama administration’s efforts to help Kabulinfo-icon and Islamabad cooperate and coordinate on counter-terrorism measures.

The three leaders will confer on ways of kick-starting the Afghan-led reconciliation process with the Talibaninfo-icon. This past week, two quadrilateral meetings, also involving China and the US, took place in Islamabad and Kabul on the resumption of peace parleys.

Meanwhile, the State Department underlined the need for expediting the reconciliation process. “We agree that the best way to ensure a lasting peace and security in Afghanistaninfo-icon is through such an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.”

State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news briefing the United States had long said it believed in an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process. “Ultimately, we think that’s the way forward for Afghanistan, so we support any efforts in that regard.”

The process could not be deterred by those who sought to continue the conflict, he said, renewing America’s support for the Afghan government in its efforts to initiate or keep the talks ongoing.



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