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Envoys To Discuss Afghan Peace Process Next Month

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry says representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, and the United States will meet in Islamabad next month to discuss how to resume the stalled peace process between Kabul and the Taliban.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Qazi Khalilullah said the February 6 meeting was part of an effort aimed at laying out a "road map" to peace for war-torn Afghanistan. It will be the third such meeting in recent weeks.

Khalilullah said on January 28 that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will soon travel to Qatar as part of that effort, but did not elaborate on that visit.

The announcement comes days after the Afghan Taliban said its "political office" in Qatar was the only entity authorized to carry out negotiations on its behalf.

Based on reporting by AP

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