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Pakistan to Attend Moscow Meeting on Afghan Peace: Report

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan will join the representatives from China, Russia and the US to meet about the Afghan peace process in Moscow on Oct. 25, Daily Times reported Tuesday.
The Four party meeting will explore options for joint efforts to help resume the stalled talks between the US and the Taliban and start an intra-Afghan dialogue, official and diplomatic sources told the Daily Times.
Daily Times has learnt that senior Pakistani diplomat Muhammed Aejaz, addition secretary at the foreign ministry, is likely to represent Pakistan in the Moscow talks.
This will be fourth round of the consultation.
Last round was held in Beijing in July.
Representatives of the Afghan government will also attend, a source in Kabul familiar with the consultation said on Monday. He said a 25-member delegation from Kabul is likely to take part in the conference.
Pakistan was invited for the first time to the China, Russia and the US trilateral in Beijing in July and the representatives of the big three had welcomed Pakistan joining the consultation and believed that Pakistan can play an important role in facilitating peace in Afghanistan, according to the statement issued at the conclusion of the meeting.
On its part Pakistan had appreciated the constructive efforts by the China-Russia-US trilateral consultation on the Afghan peace process. The major stakeholders back the intra-Afghan dialogue and had welcomed intra-Afghan meetings held in Moscow and Doha this year. The Moscow meeting is likely to throw weight behind Chinese suggestion to host the intra-Afghan conference that will be important in view of the deadlock in the US-Taliban talks.
(Sahar News)

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