Representatives of China, Russia, US, and Pakistan held a meeting on the Afghan peace process in Beijing and agreed “intra-Afghan talks as well as a comprehensive ceasefire should start simultaneously.

Representatives of China, Russia, US, and Pakistan held a meeting on the Afghan peace process in Beijing and agreed “intra-Afghan talks as well as a comprehensive ceasefire should start simultaneously.
“We agreed “intra-Afghan negotiations between the Taliban, Afghan government, and other Afghans should start immediately; that these negotiations should produce a peace framework as soon as possible; and detail a future inclusive political arrangement acceptable to all Afghans,” Khalilzad twitted.
“We also agreed that violence needs to slow now and a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire should start w/ intra-Afghan negotiations. We agreed we will expand and ask more international partners to join w/ the start of negotiations,” he added.

The US state department also said in a statement that Representatives of China, Russia, and the United States held their 3rd consultation on the Afghan peace process in Beijing.

They re-affirmed negotiations should be “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned” and further agreed that these negotiations should produce a peace framework as soon as possible.
“This framework should guarantee the orderly and responsible transition of the security situation and detail an agreement on a future inclusive political arrangement acceptable to all Afghans,” the statement read.

The four sides emphasized the importance of the trilateral consensus on the Afghan peace process reached in Moscow on April 25, 2019.


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