Pak to invite Taliban to ministerial meet of Afghan's neighbours

Islamabad: Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, has said that the Afghan Taliban will be invited to attend the third ministerial meeting of Afghanistan's neighbours. As part of the country's newly created framework to maintain constructive interaction with Afghanistan, Qureshi stated, "Afghanistan's interim government will also be invited to the next meeting of Afghanistan's neighbours." 

China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Russia are attending the ministerial summit of Afghanistan's neighbours. Afghanistan's inclusion is part of Islamabad's strategy of active dialogue and works toward the formation of a plan that should provide an all-inclusive setup that is acceptable to the international community and attracts international legitimacy for the Afghan government in Afghanistan.

The Afghan Taliban interim government will be invited to the summit for the first time. The Afghan Taliban were not invited to the previous two sessions, the first of which was held in Islamabad on September 8 and the second of which was hosted by Iran on October 27, because the interim Afghan Taliban organisation lacked international recognition. Extending an invitation for the third meeting at a time when no country recognises the Taliban government in Afghanistan has raised some questions.

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