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Four-Nations Session In Islamabad Agrees On Resuming Peace Talks


ghani-and-nawaz-sharifOfficials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, US and China agreed on Wednesday on the sidelines of Heart of Asia Conference in Islamabad to resume stalled peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

In addition foreign affairs ministers of Afghanistan and Pakistan held a press conference where they pointed out achievements of the four-nation session.

Afghan Foreign Affairs Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said that the "peace and reconciliation process was one of the main items discussed in today's meetings and certainly all of the countries in the region particularly our allies in this case US and China and of course Pakistan have expressed their willingness to work with Afghanistan on peace and reconciliation process."
He added: "We very much hope that this effort will result in a result-oriented peace process. We will see some positive moves in the coming weeks that may take some time but we hope that this will start as soon as possible."

On his part, Pakistan's External Affairs Minister Sartaj Aziz said the quadripartite session was full of achievements.
"The Heart of Asia partners also affirm their support for the resumption of an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led reconciliation process for achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan. We also agreed that Afghan refugees should return to their homes with dignity and honor. The international community should provide support for the smooth resettlement of Afghan refugees in their homeland," Aziz said.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif earlier in the four-nation session agreed to act against insurgents operating on Pakistan soil in their bid to destabilize Afghanistan.
President Ashraf Ghani in turn agreed that Kabul will act against Pakistani Taliban - led by Mullah Fazlullah - which is said to be active in eastern parts of Afghanistan.
Speaking earlier in the day at the start of the summit, Ghani raised the question over the financing of insurgents and stressed the need for honest combat against terrorism.
Islamabad hosted the Wednesday's summit, which was the fifth Heart of Asia Conference that encompasses 14 member countries and 17 supporting countries.