In a joint statement issued after talks in Istanbul on April 23, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Hanif Atmar, and Shan Mahmood Qureshi said they "deplored the continuing high level of violence in Afghanistan. They also "emphasized the urgent need for an immediate cease-fire" to end the violence and "provide a conducive atmosphere for the peace talks. The Washington-backed conference, hosted by Turkey, Qatar, and the United Nations, was previously scheduled in Istanbul for April 24 to fast track an agreement between the Taliban and Afghan government with the aim of ending decades of war in the country. But the event was postponed due to the Taliban's nonparticipation, with Ankara saying it would take place after Ramadan celebrations end in mid-May.
Why Afghanistan-Taliban peace talks have not reached breakthrough
Pakistan, US Discuss Afghan Drawdown, Regional Security | Voice of America - English
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Deep skepticism as Afghan peace talks set to resume amid bloodshed and U.S. withdrawal
Qureshi received the chief Russian diplomat and his delegation at the military base outside Islamabad, where the two leaders also held an initial interaction. Officials said both countries are working closely to increase business partnerships in the energy sector to open a fast-growing gas market for Russian energy companies. Moscow and Islamabad signed an agreement in to build a 1,km pipeline in Pakistan linking the port of Karachi to the city of Lahore to transport 1. Lavrov landed in Pakistan after visiting India, where he stressed the need for the inclusion of the Taliban in any political settlement to end the civil war in Afghanistan.
Doha, Qatar — It has been almost a week since negotiators arrived back in Doha to resume a second round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, with a United States team talking separately to both sides. But top Afghan government officials and Taliban leaders have been conspicuous by their absence from this round of meetings. On the Taliban side, chief negotiator Mullah Abdul Hakim and the head of the Taliban office in Qatar, Mullah Baradar, have not yet returned from their trip to Pakistan. In recent weeks, US diplomats and military leaders have also visited Pakistan.