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Russia, China, US, Pakistan to discuss Afghanistan next week

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KABUL: Russia, China, the United States and Pakistan, also known as ‘Extended Troika’, will hold a meeting in Doha in early August to discuss the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and reflect on issues such as cease-fire and intra-Afghan dialogue.

Russia’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov,said on Friday in Moscow that officials from US, Pakistan and China will meet to discuss Afghanistan.

“We are in contact over the phone with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad. Next week, we are planning to meet in Doha with him and with our Chinese and Pakistani counterparts for the next encounter of the Extended Troika,” said Kabulov.

According to Kabulov, the primary goals of the Afghan settlement at the moment are to achieve a cease-fire, resume inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue, and form an interim coalition government with tasks to carry out constitutional reform.

He said substantive consultations, both in bilateral and Extended Troika formats, would continue and that they were ready for broader talks with international actors.

In Islamabad, Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri underlined the importance Pakistan attached to the Troika Plus as an important forum for facilitating the Afghan peace process.

“Pakistan will continue to support efforts to achieve a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan,” the spokesman said in a statement.

Earlier, Russian Federation urged the inclusion of India and Iran in the Troika format.

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