Four-nation talks on peace process starts in Kabul

Kabul, Feb 23 (IANS) The fourth round of the key quadrilateral meeting on Afghan peace process started here on Tuesday.

“Afghanistan will spare no efforts to ensure embracing lasting peace and honourable peace,” Xinhua news agency cited the country’s foreign minister Salahudin Rabbani as saying in his opening remarks.

Rabanni also hoped that the four-nation talks – also involving Pakistan, China and the US – could help facilitate direct talks with authorised representatives of the Taliban and Afghan government.

The third round of the four-nation talks held in Islamabad on February 6 called upon the Taliban to join the peace process.

Afghan officials are hopeful that the talks could set a date for holding a direct dialogue between the government and Taliban.

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