Who: Conference of QCG on Afghan Peace & Reconciliation
When: 11 January 2016
Conference of Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) on Afghan Peace and Reconciliation process was held in Islamabad on 11 January 2016. The purpose of the conference was to explore ways to create consensus for talks between the Taliban and Afghanistan’s government.
The conference was participated representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US. The group will again meet in Kabul on 18 January 2016 to hold discussions on a roadmap.
The joint statement released after the discussions emphasised the immediate need for direct talks between the representatives of the Afghanistan government and representatives from Taliban groups. The talks for peace process aims at preserving Afghanistan’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
About Quadrilateral Coordination Group
• The four-nation group was set up in 2015 to expedite the process of reconciliation in the war-torn country after decades of bloodshed.
• The first round was held in July 2015 but the process was suspended in the same month after news of Taliban Chief Mullah Omar’s death was announced.
The group also reiterated their commitment to the realization of objectives expressed in their statement from the quadrilateral meeting held on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia Conference in Islamabad on 9 December 2015.