Peace negotiations remain only option: QCG
KABUL (Pajhwok): The four-nation group engaged in efforts to revive the stalled Afghan peace talks on Wednesday reiterated that violence served no purpose and peace negotiations remained the only option for a political settlement.
The group, the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China, held its fifth round of meeting in Islamabad on the Afghan peace and reconciliation process.
Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry hosted the meeting. Other delegations were led by Afghan President’s Special Envoy and Ambassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, the Special Representative of the United States for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Richard G. Olson and China’s Special Envoy for Afghan Affairs Ambassador Deng Xijun.
In a joint press release after the meeting, the QCG countries reaffirmed to use their respective leverages and influences.
The QCG strongly condemned the April 19 terrorist attack in Kabul and underscored those who perpetrating such acts of terrorism should be ready to face consequences of their actions.
The QCG expressed their continued determination with shared commitment to advance the goal of an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.
The next QCG meeting will be convened as mutually agreed.
Zakhiwal met the US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan ahead of the meeting and disused with him the four-way talks and other issues of mutual interest.
The four-nation group in its previous meeting that held in Kabul asked Pakistan to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table and take action against irreconcilable elements, but Pakistan is yet to do so, prompting President Ashraf Ghani to announce that his government did not expect Pakistan to bring the Taliban to the talks.
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