Afghan peace dialogue starts in Doha today

ISLAMABAD – The Afghan peace process will get a major push in Doha on Wednesday as two major political negotiations are resuming in the Qatari capital. In the first phase, Chairman of High Peace Council Abdullah Abdullah would hold talks with Taliban leadership and would exchange views on fresh peace proposals from both sides.  Sources said Taliban would also share their peace proposals with Abdullah Abdullah in the talks. In the second phase, The troika Plus meeting on Afghanistan would also take place in Doha. Special representatives of Pakistan, US, Russia and China would hold their meeting where they would discuss the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. Special representative of Pakistan Ambassador Muhammad sadiq would represent his country in the troika plus meeting. Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmed Khan is also expected to join the Pakistani delegation. On the sidelines of the meeting Pakistani special representative would also hold separate meetings with his other counterparts. The sources said Sadiq would also meet Taliban leaders separately and would press them for reduction in the current wave of violence in Afghanistan and early resumption of intra-Afghan dialogue. Spokesman of Foreign Office Zahid Hafeez Ch said Pakistan attaches high importance to the Troika Plus mechanism, involving Pakistan, US, Russia and China.  He said the Troika Plus meeting in Doha is taking place at an important time when the security situation in Afghanistan is continuously deteriorating. 



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