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Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia warn of increasing IS threat in Afghanistan

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia warn of increasing IS threat in Afghanistan
December 28, 2016

PESHAWAR, 28 December: Pakistan, China and Russia have warned of increasing threat of Islamic State (IS) militant organisation in Afghanistan.

After the contact group meeting in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, the Pakistan Foreign Office said the three countries agreed to continue efforts for durable peace in Afghanistan. The statement said the meeting expressed concern over increasing influence of IS and other terror outfits in Afghanistan. It was also agreed that efforts will be made to bring the anti-government militants back to the national mainstream through negotiations. They also emphasised the need for further accelerating the consultation process to bring peace in Afghanistan.

The contact group said the government of Afghanistan will be welcome to join the group any time.

The Afghan foreign ministry had stated ahead of the meeting that there was no use of the meeting since no Afghan representative was invited to it.

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