ISLAMABAD, 11th March 2016 (WAM) — Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Friday said that Pakistan had taken note of the Afghan Taliban’s statement which set certain pre-conditions for the peace process.

He was speaking to reporters about the prospects of Afghan peace talks.

Zakaria said his country will continue to play a “sincere role” in facilitating Afghan peace talks after the Taliban refused to enter into the negotiations which was set for the first week of current month, considering the politically negotiated settlement is the most viable option for bringing lasting peace to Afghanistan.

Referring to the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) comprising Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the US, the Pakistani spokesperson said efforts are being made to bring the Taliban and other insurgent groups to the negotiating table.

Pakistan along with other QCG countries would continue to make joint efforts for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, he said.

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