Day after India holds NSA talks, Pakistan to host US, China, Russia meeting on Afghanistan today
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and its National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf will chair the 'Troika Plus' meeting
Islamabad: Pakistan will host senior diplomats from the United States, China and Russia in Islamabad to discuss the situation in Afghanistan on Thursday.
The meeting will take place a day after India chairs the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue, which has seen the participation of seven countries — Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russian, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan — national security chiefs. Both the meetings will focus on Afghanistan.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and its National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf will chair the 'Troika Plus' meeting. The representative of the four countries will also meet Afghanistan's acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, Dawn reported.
Muttaqi has arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday. It is the first visit to Pakistan by an Afghan minister since the Taliban seized control of Kabul in August.
"Troika Plus at SRs (special representatives level) will meet with Muttaqi," the Pakistani official said.
"Troika Plus has become an important forum for engagement with Afghan authorities. It will express support for an inclusive government, discuss ways to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan as well as the protection of human rights, particularly women's rights," the official said.
This is the first full-fledged meeting of the Troika Plus after the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan.
The last of this format was held in August in Doha, in which the US was represented by the former special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad.
Another meeting was convened by Russia in Moscow on October 19, but the US did not participate citing "logistics".
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