Talks between Afghanistan Government and Taliban are expected to begin next week.
On Wednesday, the Afghanistan government agreed to restart dialogue with the reconcilable Taliban, with assistance from China, United States and Pakistan. After a series of bilateral and trilateral talks that involved these four countries on the sidelines of Heart of Asia conference, the agreement was reached. CoAS General Raheel Sharif of Pakistan assured Afghan President Ghani that full support will be offered in pursuit of peace and stability in the region. Other countries attending the conference also pledged support for the dialogue between the Afghan government and Taliban. The news was disclosed by the Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani who said,
At the trilateral and bilateral meetings we had this afternoon, the main discussion item has been the peace process in Afghanistan. Our allies agreed to work with us in this regard… to bring the reconcilable elements to the table.
Towards the conclusion of the Heart of Asia conference, all factions of Taliban and other militant organizations were urged to join the governments on the negotiation table. It was also stated that that specific measures will be taken in order to deny terrorists access to resources, dismantle their strongholds and put a stop to recruiting and training of new terrorist members. The initiative gathered support from the United States with Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken stating,
The governments of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and US held a series of meetings today to reaffirm our collective commitment to enabling an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process of reconciliation and cessation of violence.
It was noted that a major part of terrorist finances was obtained from drug trafficking and production. The participants involved resolved to identify and counter each of these threats on a national and international level. The talks will resume from whence they broke following disclosure of Mullah Omar’s death just ahead of the second round of talks in July. Hopefully, this time the talks will proceed without a hiccup and some kind of an agreement or ‘ceasefire’ of sorts could be reached.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.