Pakistan is hosting senior diplomats of US, China and Russia in Islamabad on November 11 to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, Pakistani officials says.
Pakistan is hosting US, China & Russia in its Troika Plus meeting on Afghanistan that will be attended by special representatives from all 4 countries, a diplomatic official said.
Representatives of the four countries will also meet Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, who is arriving in Islamabad tomorrow (Wednesday) — the first visit to Pakistan by an Afghan minister since the Taliban seized control of Kabul on August 15.
“Troika Plus at SRs (special representatives level) will meet with Muttaqi,” the Pakistani official said.
Troika Plus has become an important forum for engagement with Afghan authorities. It will express support for an inclusive government, discuss ways to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan as well as the protection of human rights, particularly women’s rights,” he said.
This is the first full-fledged meeting of the Troika Plus after the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.
Tom West will be participating on behalf of US which showd its willingness to attend the Troika Plus meeting hosting in Pakistan on November 11.
“The US would probably like to explore how flexibility can be brought on the Taliban’s stance on inclusivity, women’s rights and governance matters. The US also seems to show some concern towards the humanitarian crisis arising out of restrictions on banks,” a Pakistani official says.
He said the US would also try to assess the position of Russia, China and Pakistan on the current situation in Afghanistan.
“The meltdown of the Afghan state [apparatus] and society can be worrying for the US as it would cause proliferation of terrorist and militant groups, spreading instability in the region,” the official added.
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