5th QCG meeting to be held in Islamabad tomorrow
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) involving Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China will hold its fifth meeting in Islamabad tomorrow (Wednesday), the Presidential Palace said.
Deputy spokesman of the president, Dawa Khan Minapal, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Tuesday Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Omar Zakhilwal would represent the country at the meeting.
Previous QCG meetings were attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai. But tomorrow’s session would feature diplomats from the four nations, Minapal said.
He added Afghanistan would not fully participate in QCG meetings unless Pakistan implemented the decisions taken at the fourth gathering of the group in Kabul in February.
Special representative of the president and Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal told Pajhwok he would head the Afghan delegation. The envoy added he would focus on implementation of the roadmap to the peace process that was approved on February 6. But the strategy is yet to be enforced.
QCG has held four meetings in Islamabad and Kabul. The last session decided Pakistan should bring the Taliban to the table in early March. The meeting also decided Pakistan should take military action against irreconcilable militants.
However, Pakistan failed either to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table or take military action against them. President Ashraf Ghani recently announced Afghanistan would no longer seek Pakistan’s support for the peace process.
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