Tue, Sep

2nd quadrilateral meeting’s outcome satisfactory: HPC


QCGThe High Peace Council (HPC) on Tuesday called as “satisfactory” the outcome from the second quadrilateral meeting on the Afghan peace process in Kabul.

The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan the United States and China Monday held its second meeting in Kabul called on all Taliban groups to enter into early talks with the Afghan government.
The group once again emphasised the need for an end to the senseless violence against the Afghan people and agreed that all forms of terrorism presented a grave threat to the countries, the region and the world.

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, said a joint press release.
Mohammad Ismael Qasimyar, the HPC’s international affairs advisor, told Pajhwok Afghan News looking at the determination and agreement of the four nations, one could say that they would reach a common agenda and roadmap for peace talks in the third quadrilateral meeting to be held in Islamabad next week.

He said: “These are very sensitive and important issues that should not be made public until the four-ways talks reach a constant position from where future prospects could be drawn.”
He said after the third meeting in Islamabad, the agenda of members, time and venue for the peace talks would also be announced.
He, however, said the Afghan government should imply effective diplomacy and ensure that the national interest was kept supreme during the vital talks.

Khirullah Azad, deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), said the second QCG meeting conferred on roadmap and ways at reviving the peace talks with the Taliban.
He said the meeting had agreed that groups refusing to shun violence would be dealt with an iron fist.
Najib Paikan, political affairs experts, said if Pakistan acted sincerely, the process would bear fruits.