Troika Members Ask Taliban to Shun Violence, Cut Ties With Foreign Rebel Groups

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KABUL: Representatives of the extended “Troika,” which includes the US, Russia, China, and Pakistan, met in Doha to find ways to facilitate intra-Afghan talks and assist the Afghan parties in reaching a diplomatic solution and a lasting and inclusive ceasefire.
According to a statement from the US Department of State, the extended “Troika” representatives met with members of the Islamic Republic’s negotiation team and the Taliban on Friday.
“We acknowledge the widespread and sincere demand of the Afghan people for a lasting and just peace and an end to the war,” the statement said, adding, “We reiterate that there is no military solution in Afghanistan and a negotiated political settlement through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process is the only way forward for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.”
Troika members also reiterate that the Taliban should uphold its counterterrorism commitments, including preventing militant organizations and individuals from using Afghan soil to endanger the stability of any other nation, as well as not host any of the groups and prevent them from recruiting, training and fundraising.
Meanwhile, the statement added that the meeting urged the Afghan government and the High Council for National Reconciliation to engage openly with the Taliban on a negotiated settlement.
The meeting’s participants also expect the Afghan government to continue working with the international community to combat terrorism.