Sat, Oct

Kabul Ready For 2nd Round of Four-Nation Talks


MoFA-spoksman-Shakeeb-MustaghniAfghanistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced Saturday that all necessary arrangements to convene the second round of the four nation talks on Afghan peace process are in place.

After concluding the first round of their consultations on mapping out the framework for peace, senior officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, US and China are set to meet in Kabul on Monday.
Afghanistan expects that groundbreaking and positive outcomes will be achieved from the talks, Ahmad Shekib Mustaghni, a spokesman for the ministry of foreign affairs said on Saturday.
As expectations for the resumption of the stalled peace process with the Taliban gather momentum, the Afghan High Peace Council (HPC) urges the Afghan government officials to move cautiously in the talks.
"We must cautiously be optimistic of the talks, because the issue is quite sensitive and vulnerable," HPC member Ismail Qasimyar said.
The second round of the talks are set to be held in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, in which officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US will focus on structuring a framework for the peace process in Afghanistan.

"With consideration of the commitments sought by the four countries at the Heart of Asia conference and also in the first coordination meeting of the four countries, InshaAllah {God willing} positive outcomes from the talks are expected in the second round of the meeting," Mustaghni said.
Meanwhile, a number of Afghan lawmakers in the Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) have asked the government to present the stance of the people of Afghanistan firmly and resolutely.
"Focus must be put on the problems clearly which could help us to settle our disputes with the Taliban and Pakistan to reach peace which is a fundamental aspiration of the people of Afghanistan," MP Farhad Majidi said.
In the first meeting representatives from all four countries agreed to safeguard the sovereignty of the government of Afghanistan.