Peace talks sole option for political settlement in Afghanistan: QCG declaration
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Violence serves no purpose and peace negotiations remain the sole option for a political settlement in Afghanistan.
This was stated in a declaration after a meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The QCG comprises Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China.
Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry represented Pakistan, while other delegations were led by Afghan Ambassador 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.
The Group reaffirmed to use their respective leverages and influences to bring peace in Afghanistan.
They expressed their continued determination with shared commitment to advance the goal of an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.
The group strongly condemned the April 19 terrorist attack in Kabul. It underscored that those who perpetrate such acts of terrorism should be ready to face consequences of their actions.
The next QCG meeting will be convened on a date as mutually agreed.