Turkey to host major summit on Afghanistan's peace process

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ANKARA -- Turkey will host a major summit on Afghanistan's peace process in Istanbul from 24 April to 4 May, its Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, adding representatives from the Taliban and Afghan government would both attend the talks.

The meeting includes the United Nations and Qatar as part of a U.S.-backed effort to jump-start the peace process. On Monday the Taliban said it was not based on timing to attend talks in Turkey that were originally scheduled for April 16.

The participation in the conference and its agenda have been the subject of large consultations with the Afghan parties, the ministry said. The meeting is meant to establish a roadmap for a future political settlement and end to the conflict, it added.

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