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5th QCG meeting on Afghan peace begins in Islamabad amid tensions

(Last Updated On: May 18, 2016)


A fifth round of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) aimed to make a peace between the Afghan government and Taliban militant group was began in Pakistan on Wednesday, Reuters news agency reported.

The Afghan government rejected to send a delegation from Kabul for the talks, saying Pakistan must prove its sincerity in action and its ambassador in Islamabad would represent the government in the meeting.

“The Afghan delegation that participated from Afghanistan will not participate until Pakistan fulfils its promises made during previous meetings,” Dawa Khan Menapal said.

The four-nation group is consisted from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States, and China.

The ultimate goal of the meetings is to bring Taliban into direct negotiations with the Kabul government.

Taliban has refused the call of the Afghan government for peace; though, the first formal peace talks with the Taliban was held in Islamabad, but it was stalled after the news of the dead of Mullah Mohammad Omar emerged, throwing the militant group into disarray.

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