Afghan peace talks expected within days


ISLAMABAD: Direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are expected to resume within days after top officials from Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the United States met on Monday to discuss a roadmap for reviving the moribund peace process.

“All four countries underscored the importance of bringing an end to the conflict in Afghanistan,” read a joint statement issued after the quadrilateral talks. “The participants emphasised the immediate need for direct talks between the government of Afghanistan and representatives of Taliban groups in a peace process that aims to preserve Afghanistan’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity.”