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NATO hails Murree meeting, supports peace drive


nato-summitFollowing talks between Afghan government and Taliban representatives in Pakistan, NATO said on Sunday Kabul was determined to ensure stability and the alliance would continue to support peace efforts.

“The Afghan authorities are determined to bring peace to their country. We continue to strongly support them in their efforts," spokesman for NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan Christopher Chambers told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Some days back, talks between Afghan government and Taliban representatives, the first confirmed contact, were hosted by Pakistan between in Murree, a tourist resort near the nation’s capital, as part of Islamabad's commitment to facilitating the Afghan-led process.

In Kabul, the Pakistan embassy said the meeting was also attended by representatives from China and the US as observers. The participants were duly mandated by their respective leadership and expressed their collective desire to bring peace to Afghanistan and the region.

Chris said that NATO welcomed the direct talks recently between Afghan government and Taliban representatives . During the talks, both parties exchanged views on ways to bring reconciliation to Afghanistan and agreed on lasting peace in the region; each side would approach the process with sincerity and commitment.

They agreed to continue talks to create an environment conducive for peace and reconciliation process, the statement said. The next meeting will be held at mutually convenient date after Ramazan.

The Murree meeting comes at a time when the Taliban's annual spring offensive is in full swing, with two bomb attacks rocking Kabul on Tuesday.

The meeting could be a step towards starting a formal peace process with the insurgent group, which was ousted from power by a US-led invasion in 2001.