4-Way Meeting to Discuss Promoting Intra-Afghan Negotiations Set for Friday


KABUL: Russian Special Presidential Representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said on Wednesday that members of the extended ‘Troika’ on the Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan – Russia, the United States, China, and Pakistan – will meet on Friday to work out a single position on moving the Afghan peace talks forward.
“I announce that a meeting of the Extended ‘Troika’ will take place on April 30 and will be attended by myself, [US] Special Representative [for Afghanistan Zalmay] Khalilzad] and representatives of Pakistan and China,” Kabulov told Russia’s TASS news agency.
He said that the meeting would discuss solutions to the current problems in intra-Afghan negotiations and try to work on a common position and push forward the Afghan peace process.
“Time will tell how that turns out,” Kabulov added.
In March, delegates from the four nations, as well as leaders from the Afghan government and the Taliban, Afghan lawmakers, and officials from Qatar and Turkey, met in Moscow for ‘Troika’ talks.
The US, Russia, China, and Pakistan released a joint statement after the one-day talks, emphasizing that they “do not accept the return of the Islamic Emirate.”
“Any peace agreement must provide provisions for the rights of all Afghans, including women, men, children, war victims, and minorities, and should respond to all Afghans’ deep desire for economic, social, and political growth, including the rule of law,” the declaration said.