Wed, Sep

U.S, Pakistan Urge Regional Cooperation To Bring Peace To Afghanistan


pakistan-washington-peace-talksU.S Secretary of State John Kerry in a meeting with Pakistan's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz called for regional countries' cooperation in achieving peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Kerry said the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) member countries will try to reach a consensus in support of the peace process in Afghanistan.
"We commend Pakistan for its whole of government approach to implement the National Action Plan and eliminate the ability of militant groups to recruit, to finance and to incite violence and we welcome Pakistan's commitment not to differentiate between terrorist groups."
Meanwhile Aziz said: "We have no doubt that an economically strong and politically stable Pakistan can become a reliable partner of the US towards achieving the shared dream of a peaceful, prosperous and inter-connected South Asia."
The Afghan government meanwhile called for face-to-face talks with the Taliban and said they will talk only with groups that accept the Constitution.
"The roadmap for the peace talks has been finalized in the QCG meeting and the responsibility of every country is clear," said President Ashraf Ghani's deputy spokesman Sayed Zafar Hashemi.

He added: "We expect that the QCG member countries implement the commitments they have made in this regard."
Meanwhile, Marfat Almas, an analyst in political affairs, said: "I think it is a good opportunity and all groups should make use of it and become involved in the process."
Face-to-face talks between Afghan government and Taliban are expected to take place this week.