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Kabul, Taliban talks should happen immediately: SCO

AT-KABUL: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Sunday hoped for a hasty talks to be kicked off between the Afghan government and the Taliban group—a day after US special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation held 6-day consecutive meetings with Taliban in Qatar, terming it productive.

SCO Secretary General Vladimir Norov said this in a meeting with High Peace Council (HPC) Secretary Umar Daudzai who is on an official trip to China, Ihsanullah Tahiri, spokesman for the peace body said Sunday.

Norov, who hails from Uzbekistan and serves as SCO secretary general, recalled development projects spearheaded by his country and the SCO in Afghanistan during the meeting, Pajhwok has reported.

According to the source, he said peace and stability in Afghanistan was vital for the region and expressed his desire for the prompt launch of talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

He said peace in Afghanistan was vital and effective for regional economic uplift.

Daudzai admired the cooperation of SCO and continued support of Uzbekistan for Afghanistan and briefed the SCO secretary general on recent achievements of peace and reconciliation process.

Afghanistan is an observing member of the SCO. The organization has eight permanent members.

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