Kayani to meet John Kerry and Afghan leaders in Brussels

Secretary of State John Kerry will meet top Afghan and Pakistani leaders in Brussels on Wednesday. President Hamid Karzai and Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi will represent Afghanistan while Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani will represent Pakistan.

“This is the year of transition. This is the critical year in Afghanistan. We are going to have a trilateral and try to talk about how we can advance this process in the simplest, most cooperative, most cogent way so that we wind up with both Pakistan’s and Afghanistan’s interests being satisfied — but most importantly with a stable and peaceful Afghanistan,” Kerry said.

According to the recent reports of Afghanistan NGO Safety Office, Afghan security forces are launching more-intense attacks against Taliban than ever before. Meanwhile, the ties between Karzai and his U.S. counterparts have been increasingly strained. Also, Pakistan-Afghanistan relationships have been shaky for a long time.

“Pakistan has not taken practical measures towards the Afghan peace process so far. Afghans are running out of patience,” Karzai’s spokesman Aimal Faizi said Monday. “Our message to Pakistan is enough is enough. This time we will tell Pakistan that our people’s patience is running out and we can’t wait for Pakistan to deliver on Afghan peace promises.”

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