Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkish ministers to discuss Afghan peace prospects

The foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey will discuss recent developments regarding the Afghan peace process in Istanbul on April 23.

Afghan National Army soldiers inspect the site of a car bomb attack on a military base in Shirzad district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Jan. 30, 2021.

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The foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey will hold talks in Istanbul on April 23, Turkey said, after a wider Afghan peace conference was postponed because the Taliban said they would not participate.

The planned peace talks in Turkey were scheduled for April 24 to fast-track an agreement between the Taliban and Afghan government in light of the announcement by Washington that foreign troops would leave Afghanistan by Sep 11.

No new date has been set for those talks.

Turkey's foreign ministry said the three-way meeting would cover "recent developments regarding the Afghan peace process, cooperation in the fields of security, energy, connectivity and irregular migration."

On April 19, Pakistan urged the Taliban to remain engaged in the Afghan peace process after the armed group said it would now shun summits about Afghanistan until all foreign forces leave.

The decision was taken after the United States said last week it would withdraw all troops by Sept. 11 this year, later than a May 1 deadline set out by the previous administration.