Path to regional peace passes through Afghanistan, says Gen Qamar

The senior military officers will discuss mutual security challenges

The senior military officers will discuss mutual security challenges

Similarly, the Taliban refuses to talk to the Afghan government without first discussing the withdrawal of foreign troops with its powerful ally.

According to The Khaama Press, the Afghan army chief, commander of the United States Central Command, and the US forces and Resolute Support Commander Gen. John Nicholson will also participate in the conference.

In addition, the Presidential Palace said President Ashraf Ghani met with Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan's army chiefs and said their visit to Afghanistan will open a new era for cooperation in the military sector between the three countries.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday reiterated that path to regional peace and stability passes through Afghanistan, and that regions develop as a whole, not individual countries.

A spokesperson for the USA state department said the Taliban was welcome to join peace talks, but added that the onus was now on the insurgents to end their campaign of violence.

Key themes throughout the conference were Afghan security forces' enhanced capabilities and their full security responsibility to fight against terrorist organizations within its borders.

The militants only mentioned the Afghan government to deride it on various grounds.

"There will be no safe haven for any terrorist group", Nicholson also said. "To legitimise that position, they are putting it out that they are open to talks with the United States", said Semple, who is now a professor at Queen's University Belfast. The letter cites a USA watchdog in claiming Taliban control is rising in the country.

Recent operations by Afghan forces showed successes in rooting out terrorism and preventing terrorists from killing innocent Afghans, he said.

"Discussions will be held on how to jointly combat terrorism and drug smuggling and to find a solution to the issue and this is good for Afghanistan", said MoD spokesman Dawlat Waziri.

Shedding light on the meeting, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif had stressed the need to resolve Pak-Afghan issues bilaterally and said Pakistan "stands with its Afghan brothers in this hour of grief", referring to the recent spate of bomb-and-gun attacks in Kabul which claimed almost 200 lives. They just bury IEDs and commit suicide.

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