Pak-Afghan-U.S. trio urges Taliban to enter dialogue with Afghan Govt.

Tokyo, July 9 (ANI): Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States have reiterated their call for Taliban to abandon violence and enter a dialogue with the Afghan government.

"We reiterate our call for the armed opposition to abandon violence and enter a dialogue with the Afghan government. We call on all parties to devote their energy to realising this vision, respond in the same spirit, and commit to support an Afghan political process that will result in lasting peace, security, stability, and prosperity for Afghanistan and the region," the Daily Times quoted from a joint statement issued by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul and Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar at the First Ministerial-level Core Group Trilateral Meeting.

"After 30 years of war, all Afghans should be able to live together in peace. Only Afghans can determine how they live together, how the future of their country must be shaped, and how their country should relate to the region and beyond. We are committed to work together to support an inclusive Afghan peace process through which individuals and groups break ties with international terrorism, renounce violence, and abide by Afghanistan's constitution, including the protections for the rights of all Afghan women and men. As the international community reaffirmed at Bonn and again at Tokyo, these are the necessary outcomes of any negotiation," the statement said.

It was acknowledged that great effort and sacrifice by the people of Afghanistan had decimated Al-Qaeda's core leadership in the region, reducing the threat to international peace and security that led the international community to intervene in Afghanistan in 2001.

The Afghan foreign minister welcomed Pakistan's and the U.S.' support for Afghan peace efforts. (ANI)