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Afghan Imbroglio, Quadrilateral Talks Resumes Today

Muscat (October 16, 2017): The sixth quadrilateral meeting aimed at finding a politically acceptable solution of Afghan imbroglio will kick off here today.

Representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States will discuss counter terrorism efforts in the war-torn country and seek a politically negotiated settlement to the Afghan war.

Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua will be heading delegation at the dialogue.

Earlier, addressing weekly press briefing in Islamabad, Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria had said the objective of the talks is to bring the Afghan warring factions to negotiating table.

The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) will try to revive talks with the Taliban to bring a negotiated peace settlement in the war-torn country. This is the first meeting of the QCG after Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor’s death in a US drone strike in Balochistan in May 2016.

Aimed at reviving the Afghan peace process the QCG had held its first meeting in Islamabad on January 11 last year.

It may also be mentioned here that Tehmina Janjua and Dr Mohammed Bin Awadh Al Hassan, Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Oman, had met for the 6th Round of Pakistan-Oman Bilateral Political Consultations here yesterday.

The Foreign Secretary also briefed her counterpart on relations with neighbouring countries, including the situation of human rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah of Afghanistan had said yesterday relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan would also be discussed at the QCG meeting.

Talking to reporters in Mehtarlam, the capital of eastern Laghman province, Abdullah calling good relations with neighbours Afghanistan’s need had said the recent visit of the Pakistan Army Chief was aimed at decreasing tensions and improving relations between the neighbors.

He also said that Speaking in Mehtarlam, Abdullah termed peace and stability in Afghanistan as equally important for neighboring countries and the region. He said for the sake of regional stability, more focus should be on stability in Afghanistan at the QCG meeting.

It may also be mentioned here that Taliban have rejection participating in the QCG.

Without naming any country Abdullah had said that support to militant groups in Afghanistan by the neighboring countries could backfire and threaten the neighboring countries too.

He termed Pakistan Army chief visit to Kabul a step forward to improve relations between the two countries and said Afghanistan welcomed it.

Referring to ongoing operations against Daesh in eastern provinces, the CEO said Afghan security forces with the help of people would eliminate Daesh militants.

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