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Trilateral Pak-US-Afghan peace talks to discuss peace in Afghanistan

08-03-2011 08:56 BJT

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Top Afghan, Pakistani and US diplomats have met in Islamabad to discuss peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. The trilateral core group has held three meetings, but they have not yet succeeded in encouraging the Taliban to join the peace process.

US Special Representative, Ambassador Marc Grossman, Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Jawid Lodin and Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Salman Bashir as well as representatives of the military and intelligence from the three countries participated in the talks.

The Deputy Afghan Foreign Minister said at the meeting that the reconciliation process was the top strategy of the Afghan government for bringing peace to the country.

Jawid Lodin, Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister, said, "We have a pretty good understanding of Taliban leadership that who they are, and at various levels....We need to identify with whom we can reconcile and then how we approach them."

Top Afghan, Pakistani and US diplomats have met in Islamabad to discuss peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. The trilateral core group has held three meetings, but they have not yet succeeded in encouraging the Taliban to join the peace process.

Both US ambassador Grossman and Pakistani foreign secretary Salman Bashir voiced support for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led reconciliation process to end violence in the country.

And Pakistan said it was in their common interest.

He said, "We feel very confident that our common interests which are based on a very broad degree of convergence of interests will Insha Allah bare fruit."

The meeting took place at a time when the United States has begun withdrawing Afghan troops, which is to be completed by the end of 2014.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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