ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Pakistan will host direct talks between Afghan government and Afghan Taliban, including other insurgent groups, in the first week of next month.

A joint statement issued at the conclusion of the fourth meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) in Kabul on Tuesday said the QCG member states invite Taliban and other groups to participate through their authorised representatives in the first round of direct peace talks with the Afghan government.

In the meeting representatives of four participant countries; Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and United States decided the date of first session of direct talks between Afghan government and Taliban insurgents.

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry represented Pakistan at the meeting.