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Preparatory meeting for peace talks with Taliban kicks off in Islamabad

By Khaama Press - Mon Jan 11 2016, 11:37 am

Hekmat-Khalil-Karzai (1)The preparatory meeting on discussing ways to restart the stalled peace talks with Taliban kicked off in Islamabad on Monday morning.

Pakistani Prime Minister’s senior aide Sartaj Aziz said there shouldn’t be preconditions for the reconciliation process.

“It is important that no preconditions are attached to the reconciliation process, as it will create difficulties in bringing Taliban to the negotiating table,” Aziz said, as he penned down four elements essential in the reconciliation process with Afghanistan, according to Pakistan’s The Express Tribune news.

“The primary objective of the reconciliation process is to create conditions to bring Taliban to the negotiating table and offer them incentives that can persuade them to move away from using violence as a tool for pursuing political goals.”

“Distinction between reconcilable and irreconcilable rules and how to deal with the irreconcilable can follow once all avenues of bringing them to the table have been exhausted,” he added.

Afghanistan is represented by its Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai and Pakistan by its Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry.

The U.S. and China are represented by their special envoys for Afghanistan and Pakistan region.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that Afghanistan independence and constitution would not be traded and that the nation would be updated on developments in peace process.

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