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Top Afghan, US, Tajik officials to meet on peace talks

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KABUL: The Afghan, US and Tajik foreign ministers are expected to hold meeting in the “near future” to discuss the Afghan peace efforts and developments in the region, ministry of foreign affairs said Friday.

Mirwais Naab, deputy foreign minister, called the United States a strategic partner for Afghanistan, while said Tajikistan is “an important neighbor” to the country.

The three foreign ministers are planned to assess the ongoing negotiations between Afghanistan and Taliban delegations on peace in Qatar, opportunities and challenges.

“The deputy foreign minister called international community’s participation in the opening of the Afghan peace talks and their support to that important and emphasized on the regional and international support for the violence in reduction and a lasting cease fire in Afghanistan,” the ministry said in a statement.

The three countries’ envoys would also talks on the investment, trade and transit, regional connection, energy and fight against terrorism.

Delegations from the government of Afghanistan and Taliban began negotiations on September 12 in the Persian Gulf Arab state of Qatar, where the insurgent group set up a political office after it was toppled in a 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

The reports suggest no progress in the talks yet. The two sides are disputing over the principles and agenda of the main talks.

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