Afghan govt, Taliban talks to begin next month
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Afghan government and Taliban representatives are expected to meet in Islamabad by the first week of March for their first direct talks since a previous round of the peace process broke down last year.
Following a meeting in Kabul, the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG), made up of officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China, “expressed strong support for the upcoming direct talks between the Government of Afghanistan and authorized representatives of the Taliban and other groups.”
According to a declaration issued by the Foreign Office, the Quadrilateral Coordination Group expressed strong support for the upcoming direct talks between the government of Afghanistan and authorized representatives of the Taliban and other groups. The talks would take place in Pakistan.
In a joint statement released by the Afghan foreign ministry, they said the first round of direct peace talks is expected to take place by the first week of March in the Pakistani capital.
It also welcomed the decision by Afghanistan and Pakistan to constitute a bilateral joint working group to work with the Ulema of Afghanistan and Pakistan for their support to the Afghan led and Afghan owned peace and reconciliation process.