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Pakistan’s role is crucial to Afghan peace process: US, Russia, China

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US, Russia and China have acknowledged in a joint statement that Pakistan can play a vital role for peace in Afghanistan.

It has been said in a joint communiqué issued by US state department that talks process on peace in Afghanistan should be Afghan led and Afghan owned.

The joint statement also stressed for immediate commencement of talks between Afghan government and Afghan people.

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A consultation meeting was held in Beijing on July 10 and 11 in connection with Afghan peace process which was attended by US, Russia, China and Pakistan.

The four countries expressed satisfaction over progress in ongoing efforts for peace in Afghanistan. Pakistan participation in the four countries was also appreciated.

The four sides encouraged all parties to take steps to reduce violence leading to a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire that starts with intra-Afghan negotiations.

It has been said in the joint statement that there can be no two opinions that Pakistan can play a vital role in Afghan peace process.

It was also agreed in the meeting that efforts for talks between Taliban and Afghan government should be geared up.  Such basic structure on peace accord for Afghanistan will be worked out soon that is acceptable to Afghan people.

It was stressed that all the countries will take more steps for ceasefire in Afghanistan and talks sessions will also take place on this count.

The joint communiqué further stated that the matter for including other stake holders in this process will also be considered as soon as Inter Afghan talks start.

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Members of the Taliban and government met earlier this week in for peace talks in Qatar, a breakthrough even though participants were said to be there in a personal capacity.

Pakistan, whose relations with the United States have been rocky over its handling of extremists, has sought to use its influence with the Taliban to help reach a deal.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to come to Washington on July 22 to meet with President Donald Trump, who is impatient to end the war launched after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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