Pakistan is all set to host the Troika Plus meeting in Islamabad on Thursday with special representatives and envoys for Afghanistan from China, Russian, the US and the Afghan government delegation attending the moot.
The meeting will be inaugurated by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
“Pakistan attaches high importance to the Troika Plus mechanism on the situation in Afghanistan,” a statement issued by the Foreign Office said.
“Pakistan hopes that deliberations of the Troika Plus meeting would contribute to the ongoing efforts for achieving lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan,” it added.
The new US special envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West and a senior delegation of the Taliban government led by the interim Afghanistan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi will arrive on Wednesday to attend the meeting.
The Troika Plus meeting comes as the new Taliban government struggles with countries refusing to continue giving aid to Kabul.
The United Nations has repeatedly warned that Afghanistan is on the brink of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with more than half the country facing “acute” food shortages and winter forcing millions to choose between migration and starvation.
A senior Pakistani official told AFP that the meeting is “primarily aimed at… finding ways to avert a humanitarian crisis and to look into possibilities of setting up an inclusive government in Afghanistan”.