ISLAMABAD, 6th February 2016 (WAM) — Officials representing Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the United States held their quadrilateral meeting in Islamabad today to define a roadmap for direct talks between the Afghan government and the factions of the Taliban as a necessary measure for achieving a conducive environment for the commencement of Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace talks.

Presiding over Saturday’s meeting, Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser, Sartaj Aziz, said the talks will draw a clear and workable roadmap for the direct talks between the Afghan government and representatives of the Taliban.

Aziz said as many Taliban groups as possible must be persuaded into joining any upcoming peace discussions.

The previous round of talks, held in Kabul on 18th January, urged all factions of the Afghan Taliban to participate in peace talks without preconditions.