ISLAMABAD - The fourth meeting of the trilateral core group of the United Sates, Pakistan and Afghanistan on Tuesday decided to establish contacts with the top leadership of Afghan Taliban to bring to an end the long-drawn conflict. Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation is of common interest of the three countries. We want to make it result-orientated for long-term peace and stability in the region, Afghanistans Deputy Foreign Minister Jawid Lodin said while addressing a joint news conference along with Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) Secretary Salman Bashir and US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Marc Grossman, at the conclusion of the two-day meeting. Lodin asserted that since the Afghan Taliban were an equal threat to Pakistans security, it was important to have the neighbouring countrys cooperation. We really have to find out a political solution for long-term peace and stability in the region, the top Afghan diplomat said, conceding the fact that despite contacts with foot soldiers and middle-ranking Taliban leaders there was no end to violence in Afghanistan. He told journalists that the meeting of the core group had agreed on a number of steps in addition to the bilateral framework of Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Commission, which met regularly to push up efforts on the shared objectives. We need to identify those Taliban leaders to find out who were reconcilable and who were not, Lodin said. US diplomat Marc Grossman said that diplomatic efforts were underway to resolve with Islamabad the issue of travel curbs on US diplomats in Pakistan, saying, We are trying to meet Pakistans requirements in this respect. To a media query on the present state of US-Pakistan relations with special relationship to the new rules of engagement, Grossman claimed that besides regional economic development, the United States and Pakistan had great joint interest in counter-terrorism. Al Qaeda is our common enemy. So, the United States and Pakistan need to fight it jointly, added the American diplomat. He said that efforts were underway to find common grounds to build US-Pakistan relations, and dismissed the notion that the US might abandon Pakistan as it did in the 90s. Grossman pointed out that the Kerry-Lugar Berman (KLB) Act was evidence in this respect that the US wanted a long-term engagement and long-term investment in Pakistan. We are committed to identify shared interest with Pakistan, especially in counter-terrorism and economic interest, in the region spanning from central Asia to New Delhi. FO Secretary Salman Bashir said that Pakistan had good engagement with the US State Department as well as Ambassador Marc Grossman. Answering a question about cross border raids in Pakistan, Bashir said this was a matter of ongoing engagement with Afghanistan. As both the neighbours have developed deeper understanding and bilateral cooperation, Islamabad does not want to make it acrimonious with Kabul, added the FO secretary. Earlier, the three diplomats, while expressing satisfaction over the discussion, said that it was a very fruitful and productive meeting. They said apart from other issues, the two-day meeting also focused on Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process as well as regional development.