Pakistan Amabassador Zahid Nasrullah Khan on Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations

Afghanistan: 4-Party Peace Talks Set For January

Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to hold a quadrilateral meeting during the first week in January also involving China and the United States on a comprehensive road map for a “meaningful peace” in Afghanistan, a Pakistani military spokesman said Dec. 28, the Indian Express and Deutsche Welle reported. The agreement was made at a meeting between Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Dec. 27 that focused on ways to revive stalled peace talks with the Afghan Taliban. A similar quadrilateral meeting of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States was held in Islamabad on Dec. 9. Chinese officials confirmed their participation in the upcoming negotiations. Meanwhile, on Dec. 26, the Afghan parliament objected to recent Russian efforts to facilitate contacts with the Taliban. Despite recent gains, infighting within the Taliban prevents the group from making progress in peace talks, as does mistrust between Islamabad and Kabul.

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