Hindustan Times (East UP)
AFGHANISTAN PEACE TALKS IN ISTANBUL TODAY DESPITE TALIBAN PUSHING BACK
ANKARA: The foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey will hold talks in Istanbul on Friday, Turkey said, after a wider Afghan peace conference was postponed because the Taliban said they would not participate.
The planned peace talks in Turkey were scheduled for April 24 to fast-track an agreement between the Taliban and Afghan government in light of the announcement by US that foreign troops would leave Afghanistan by September. No new date has been set for those talks.
Turkey’s foreign ministry said on Friday’s three-way meeting would cover “recent developments regarding the Afghan peace process, cooperation in the fields of security, energy, connectivity and irregular migration”.
On Monday, Pakistan urged the Taliban to remain engaged in the Afghan peace process after the armed group said it would now shun summits about Afghanistan until all foreign forces leave.
The decision was taken after the US said last week it would withdraw all troops by September 11 this year, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist assault on the US that launched the US-led invasion to hunt down al Qaida’s leader Osama bin Laden., later than a May 1 deadline set out by the previous administration.