The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States, and China on the Afghan Peace and Reconciliation process on Monday night called on all Taliban groups to enter into early talks with the Afghan government to resolve differences politically.
This came after the QCG’s second meeting that was held in Kabul on Monday to draw up the road map for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
The delegations were led by Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, the US Ambassador to Afghanistan Michael McKinley and China’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan Ambassador Deng Xijun.
In the statement issued by the QCG, they said “taking note of the joint statement of January 11, 2016 and building on the outcome of the first meeting of the QCG, the group discussed and made progress on a roadmap towards initiating peace talks with Taliban groups that reflects the shared commitments of the QCG member countries.”
“The roadmap aims to set specific measures that are necessary for creating a conducive environment for the commencement of Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace talks between representatives of the government of Afghanistan and representatives of Taliban groups aimed at reduction of violence and establishing lasting peace in Afghanistan and the region.”
The statement read: “To this end, the QCG called on all Taliban groups to enter into early talks with the Afghan government to resolve all differences politically in accordance with the will and aspirations of the entire Afghan nation and the desire and support of the QCG member countries for lasting peace in Afghanistan.”
The QCG once again emphasized the need for an end to the senseless violence against the Afghan people.
They said in the statement that the four nations agree that all forms of terrorism presents a grave threat to countries, the region and the world.
“The members indicated their commitment to a robust effort to eliminate all forms of terrorist groups, regardless of their national origin, operating in their respective territories,” read their statement.
“The QCG member countries agreed that friendly, mutually respectful and cooperative relations between the member states of QCG are necessary to create an enabling environment for the peace process in Afghanistan, which will help ensure the security, stability, prosperity, and interests of the region.”
In conclusion the QCG said they had agreed to continue regular meetings to advance the Peace and Reconciliation process in Afghanistan. The group will hold its next meeting on February 6 in Islamabad.