Afghan peace talks resume in Islamabad

(Last Updated On: January 12, 2016)

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Afghan four-way peace talks opened in Islamabad today to revive Afghan peace process.

Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States representatives will discuss a road map for peace talks.

Sartaj Aziz, who is Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s foreign adviser, addressing the opening session on Monday said a roadmap for peace talks will be discussed and emphasized that his government wants peace in Afghanistan.

An Afghan official says Pakistan will present a list of Taliban willing to negotiate with Kabul at a meeting this week aimed at reviving the Afghan peace process.

Javid Faisal, deputy spokesman for Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, said Sunday that Pakistan’s list will include Taliban who do and do not want talks with Kabul on ending the 15-year war.

Faisal says Pakistan has agreed to cut off financial support to Taliban fighters based in Pakistani cities. He says insurgents based in Pakistan would not be allowed to resettle in Afghanistan.

He says the agreement would also include “bilateral cooperation on eliminating terrorism”.

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