Quadrilateral meeting stresses direct talks between Afghan government, Taliban

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Islamabad, January 12, AZERTAC

Afghanistan, Pakistan, the US and China on Monday emphasised the immediate need for direct talks between representatives of Afghan government and Taliban groups in a peace process that aimed to preserve Afghanistan’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity, according to Daily times.

It was emphasised during the first meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Pakistan, Afghanistan, the US and China on Afghan peace and reconciliation process held here on Monday.

The discussion focused on undertaking a clear and realistic assessment of the opportunities for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, anticipated obstacles and measures that would help create conducive environment for peace talks with the shared goal of reducing violence and establishing lasting peace in Afghanistan.

The meeting adopted the terms for the work of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group and agreed to continue regular meetings to advance the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. It would hold discussions on a roadmap at its next meeting to be held on January 18, 2016 in Kabul.

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