Wednesday 28 September 2016

Afghan government expects direct talks with Taliban this month

Published 07/02/2016 | 13:11

A meeting between Kabul and Taliban representatives within the coming weeks would be viewed as a huge step forward (AP)
A meeting between Kabul and Taliban representatives within the coming weeks would be viewed as a huge step forward (AP)

The Afghan government expects to hold direct talks with representatives of the Taliban by the end of this month, an official has said.

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Ahmad Shakib Mostaghani, the foreign ministry spokesman, said on Sunday that officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States had laid out a roadmap toward peace talks at their latest meeting in Islamabad.

He says representatives of the four countries, who met Saturday, stressed a political settlement to the war, now in its 15th year.

A meeting between Kabul and Taliban representatives within the coming weeks would be viewed as a huge step forward in a peace process that stalled last year.

The next four-country meeting is scheduled for February 23 in Kabul.

Press Association

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