Pakistan will join the representatives from China, Russia and the US to meet about the Afghan peace process in Moscow on Oct. 25, Pakistan’s Daily Times reported.
The meeting will explore options for joint efforts to help resume the stalled talks between the US and the Taliban and start an intra-Afghan dialogue, official and diplomatic sources told the Daily Times Monday.
In another development, China plans to host an intra-Afghan between the Taliban and Afghan political leaders and members of civil society. Representatives of the Afghan government will also attend, a source in Kabul familiar with the meeting said on Monday to the Daily Times. He said a 25-member delegation from Kabul is likely to take part in the conference.
Sources said that Chinese officials will share their country’s plan at the Moscow meeting.
In the meantime, US peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad on Monday visited NATO headquarters in Brussels and discussed the Afghan peace process with NATO allies.
Khalilzad’s current trip includes stops in Brussels, Paris, and Moscow to discuss the Afghan peace process, the US Department of State said in a statement Monday.
In Brussels and Paris, Khalilzad will meet with “likeminded partners including the EU, NATO, and UN to review how best to support accelerated efforts to reach peace in Afghanistan,” and “In Moscow, Ambassador Khalilzad will meet with Russian and Chinese counterparts to discuss shared interests in seeing the war in Afghanistan come to an end.”