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Islamabad To Host Four Nations Meeting On Afghan Peace Process

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ghani-and-nawaz-sharifPakistan will host a four nation meeting of representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan , US and China as part the recent move to pave the way for peace talks with the Taliban, the office of the Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan said on Sunday, weeks after Kabul and Islamabad agreed to resume the stalled talks with the hardline movement.


The meeting will also focus on how to take the talks forward by creating the framework for the process, the CEO said.
Though in the past, Pakistan continuously announced support for a stable Afghanistan, but public perception in Afghanistan disputes Pakistan's commitments amid Islamabad's failure to bring the resurgent group to the peace table.
The Islamabad meeting will however be the first of two. The second meeting will be take place later in Kabul. No date has yet however been announced for this meeting.
"The focus of the four nation meeting will be on matters which were raised at the Heart of Asia conference. The meeting will also focus on how to move the process forward," deputy spokesman to CEO Abdullah Abdullah said on Sunday.
Amid speculation, some Afghan political commentators believe that participation of Pakistan's key allies and strategic partners in the talks would help strike purposeful talks with the group.
"Key differences in this round of the negotiation is that China, as a strategic partner to Pakistan, also bound by close ties to Afghanistan, could help ensure outcomes will be constructive," political analyst Nasrullah Stanikizai said.
"If they really want peace to be restored in Afghanistan, in the first step they should seal a truce," senator Bahadur Wasefi said.