Rabbani To Opens Kabul Peace Talks


Its expected that Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani will open the second four-nations meeting Monday morning between representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and U.S where they are expected to draw up the roadmap for peace talks with the Taliban.

At Monday’s meeting, the officials are also expected to discuss dates and venue for the peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban.

On Sunday, MoFA spokesman Shekib Mustaghni said: “Tomorrow’s [Monday] quadrilateral meeting will focus on the peace talks roadmap.”

“The Afghan government will present a specific draft at this meeting,” he added.

Meanwhile, the High Peace Council (HPC) expressed optimism on Sunday over the meeting and said there are considerable changes in Pakistan’s behavior towards Afghanistan.

“The four nations should try to agree on a ceasefire in order to hold the peace talks in a peaceful environment,” said HPC members Ismail Qasimyar.

In addition, the Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of Parliament) on Sunday announced its support for any move that helps the peace process – including the quadrilateral session.

Members of the Meshrano Jirga said they are optimistic about the meetings on peace talks.

They called on President Ashraf Ghani to raise all the ‘complicated’ problems of Afghanistan at the session in order to pave the way for peace in the country.

In the first meeting representatives from all four countries agreed to safeguard the sovereignty of the government of Afghanistan.

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