In a conference on Friday Afghanistan, Turkey and Pakistan urged the Taliban to continue negotiations and be committed to an inclusive political settlement that would lead to a prolonged peace in the country.
The trilateral meeting was aimed at retrieving the Afghan peace process, following a deadlock in the talks.
Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Haneef Atmar expressed his gratitude and added the Trilateral meeting was a successful step towards the peace process.
He was grateful to his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Pakistani Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi for supporting a democratic, united, peaceful, and sovereign Afghanistan.
Disapproving the extreme Taliban violence, he called on the group for an “immediate ceasefire and return to negotiations”.
In a joint statement, all of the three diplomats stated that a prolonged and sustainable peace can only be achieved through an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political process that is directed towards a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire including inclusive political settlement to end the war in Afghanistan.
The foreign ministers stressed the need for an immediate and urgent ceasefire and that all warring parties require to end the existing extreme level of violence to pave the path for peace talks.
According to Turkey the Istanbul conference is set to be held after Ramadan but have not yet announced a date.
The diplomats also “called on all parties, in particular, the Taliban to reaffirm their commitment for achieving an inclusive negotiated settlement leading to lasting peace in Afghanistan desired by the Afghan people, the region and the international community”, the joint statement read.
They also disapproved “the continuing high level of violence in Afghanistan”, and urged for the violence to end.
Turkish Foreign Minister also announced that his country’s efforts to support the Afghan peace process and organize the Istanbul summit continue.
On the other hand, Shah Mahmood Qureshi confirmed as co-organizers, Pakistan also proceeds with its efforts and talks over the Afghan peace process.