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Afghanistan makes upcoming quadrilateral meeting conditional

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Afghanistan makes upcoming quadrilateral meeting conditional

KABUL: Afghan Presidential Palace has said Pakistan should suppress the irreconcilable groups or Afghanistan would not participate in the upcoming quadrilateral peace meeting, the Afghan media reported.

The Presidential Palace declared that Pakistan had earlier committed to take military measures against the insurgent groups to attend the talks, ANT News reported on Sunday.

“The previous quadrilateral meeting had decided to take serious measures against any group that did not attend the peace meeting but if Pakistan did not stand by its commitments, we will not participate in the meeting,” Afghan president’s deputy spokesman said.

Top diplomats of four nations (Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the United States) sat down together for the fourth time to explore options to bring the mired Afghan peace process back on track which came to an abrupt halt in Kabul on February 23, 2016.

Taking note of the joint statement on the outcome of the previous meetings of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG), the group reviewed progress on the implementation of the roadmap for the Afghan-led Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.

Previously, Pakistan had said that bringing the Taliban to negotiating table needs concerted efforts, clarifying that serious efforts for peace in Afghanistan have been made in the past but joint efforts were required now to bring the Afghan Taliban to the table to resume the dialogue.

Pakistan had hosted a meeting between the Afghan government and Afghan Taliban representatives in Murree on July 7, 2015 along with the representatives from China and the US.The participants were duly mandated by their respective leaderships and expressed their collective desire to bring peace to Afghanistan and the region.

The second round of the talks, which was scheduled to be held in Pakistan on July 31, 2015, was postponed in view of the reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar and the leadership crisis among the Taliban.