Trilateral Turkey Meeting Denounced Violence, Urged on Truce in Afghanistan


KABUL: Foreign ministers from Afghanistan, Turkey, and Pakistan met in Istanbul on Friday in an attempt to revive the Afghan peace process, days after a crucial UN-led conference was postponed as the Taliban were indecisive about the group’s participation.
Sources close to the Taliban said that the Taliban leaders are yet to decide whether or not to attend the Turkey meeting on Afghan peace, which is set to take place after Eid-al-Fitr.
During the trilateral meeting, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt avuşolu, Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar and Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi affirmed their commitment to help a stable and prosperous Afghanistan, the ministers said in a joint statement.
The ministers underlined that the best way to ensure long-term stability in Afghanistan was an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned diplomatic mechanism to push for a lasting and substantive truce as well a political settlement for ending the Afghan war.
They also stressed their support for Afghan peace process and the Doha negotiations for reaching a peace agreement between the conflict sides.
They denounced high level of violence, particularly civilian casualties and targeting civil society leaders, human rights defenders, journalists and media staff.
The ministers urged for a truce so that it would put end to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and provide a trustful environment for peace talks.