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Karzai, Abdullah welcome Moscow talks

Karzai, Abdullah welcome Moscow talks

Feb 16, 2017 - 17:58

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday welcomed the six-nation talks on Afghanistaninfo-icon’s future in Moscow as beneficial.

The talks involving representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistaninfo-icon, Iran, India and Russia held in Moscow on Wednesday.

The meeting discussed cooperation of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries with the Afghan government in its efforts for peace and stability.

Ashraf Haidari, director-general policy and strategy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) represented Afghanistan at the talks. He said the government of Afghanistan firmly believed in peace and had made every effort to reach reconciliation with the armed groups.

He pointed out the existence of terrorist sanctuaries and policy of differentiating between good and bad terrorists hampered regional efforts in the form of Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) meetings.

Former president Karzai welcomed the Russian initiative to bring together Afghanistan’s immediate neighbors.

He said major regional countries were required to take serious actions against extremism in the region.

Meanwhile, CEO Abdullah Abdullah said the meeting in Moscow also talked about coordination among regional countries to eliminate terrorism.

Javed Faisal, Abdullah’s spokesman, said the meeting talked about ending the Afghanistan conflict, finding the way to peace and creating unity in the region. “The conference also discussed that neighbor countries should support the Afghan people instead of supporting terrorist organizations,” he added.

The central point was to support the Afghan government and people, he said, adding such meetings were not a replacement of the peace process, but aimed at striking regional unity in the war against terror.

About one month and a half month back, Moscow hosted a three-nation meeting involving China and Pakistan without inviting Afghanistan. The move sparked serious reaction from the Afghan government.


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