TAWDE KHABARE: Afghanistan Optimistic About Outcome of Key Meeting In Islamabad

Tawde-Khabare-12-January-2016

Deputy foreign minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Afghanistan’s leading representative to the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG), said on Tuesday that all four nations had agreed at the Islamabad meeting that the Afghan war was “senseless” and that there was a need to end terrorism in the region.

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He said Monday’s meeting, attended by representatives from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States, focused on the framework for the way forward. The next meeting, on Monday in Kabul, will look at the roadmap, he said.

Speaking at a press conference in Kabul, Karzai said the government knows it will take time for peace to come to Afghanistan but he said he believes there is an opportunity in the next two months to bring about a change.

He said the current attempt to restart stalled peace talks was not only about inviting groups to the negotiating table but it was also about ending the war in Afghanistan.

Karzai stated that those who reject peace will face the full wrath of the Afghan security forces – as the security forces will continue to defend the country.

In this episode of TAWDE KHABARE, host Shapoor Baktiyar discusses the topic with the following guests:

Sayed Ishaq Gilani, chairman of the National Solidarity Movement of Afghanistan

Zahir Sadat, MP

Mousa Khan Akabarzada, Ghazni former governor

 

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