Russia, the US, China, and Pakistan urge the Taliban to avoid the annual spring offensive.

The four countries are trying to advance the intra-Afghan peace process to achieve a permanent and complete ceasefire.

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source: dailypakistan.com

On Thursday, Russia, the United States, China, and Pakistan called on the Taliban to abandon their annual spring offensive following a meeting in Moscow on Afghanistan.

In a joint statement, approved by the meeting participants, the enlarged "troika" urged all parties "to reduce the level of violence" and the Taliban not to carry out the offensive.

According to the statement, Russia, the US, China, and Pakistan agreed to recognize the widespread and sincere demand of the Afghan people for an end to the war and for a just and lasting peace, which can only be achieved through negotiated policy.

 We do not encourage the call on the Government of the Islamic Republic and the Higher Council for National Reconciliation and the restoration of the Islamic Emirate to talk freely with their counterparts, as asserted in the United Nations security council resolution 2513 (2020). Taliban in connection with a negotiated settlement, "the statement said.

The four state parties are here to negotiate and conclude a peace settlement ending the war in Afghanistan with the intention of securing a permanent and equitable political solution that will result in the establishment of a free, sovereign country. Unified, peaceful, democratic, and self-sufficient Afghanistan, free from terrorism and the end of the illicit drug industry. "

Also, Afghanistan has to ensure that terrorist groups and individuals do not use its soil to threaten any other country's security, the group of governments said.

The protection of the rights of all afghans should include the peace pact: women, men, children, a war, and a minority victim, the country said in the statement. 

The enlarged troika welcomed international efforts on the Afghan peace agreement. He thanked Qatar individually, saying that he "appreciates that country's long-standing support for the peace process and support for the continuation of the Doha process."

On March 18, Moscow hosted a regular meeting of the expanded 'troika' made up of representatives from Russia, China, the United States, and Pakistan, which focused on advancing the intra-Afghan process to reach a negotiated agreement permanent cessation and full of fire.

The event was attended by representatives of the Afghan Government, the Higher Council for National Reconciliation, prominent Afghan political figures, representatives of the Taliban movement, and guests of honor from Qatar and Turkey.