Russia, Pakistan, Iran and China Envoys Stress on Early Launch of Intra-Afghan Talks

Special envoys on Afghanistan from Russia, Pakistan, Iran and China, have urged all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, to pave the way for the negotiations, according to the joint statement circulated by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday.

As per TASS news agency, taking part in the consultations were Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov, China’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan Liu Jian, Pakistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Safdar Hayat, as well as Iran’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan Mohammad Taherian Fard.

Welcoming the recent political agreement in Afghanistan by President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, the envoys said that the only way to achieve national reconciliation and a speedy end to the country’s long-running conflict is holding comprehensive intra-Afghan talks.

After months of conflict over the Afghan presidential election, a political agreement was signed on Sunday between Ghani and Abdullah in an effort to end the crisis.

Under the agreement, Abdullah will chair the High Reconciliation Council, which has five deputies and have an independent budget along with specific powers. Moreover, he will retain the right to introduce 50 percent of the government’s cabinet.
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