"We believe our collective efforts at this stage, including through supportive CBMs have to be aimed at persuading maximum number of Taliban groups to join the peace talks," Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said at the four-nation meeting.

"This will contribute to imparting a momentum to the process offering incentive of political mainstreaming to the insurgent groups, and gradually shrink the space for the irreconcilables," he said.

The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) was set up in December last year to facilitate the reconciliation process in the war-torn country.

Aziz said the meeting will have useful deliberations aimed at further advancing the work of the Group in a meaningful manner. He also said that the group was working to adopt a roadmap for talks.

He said "a clear, well-defined and actionable roadmap for the peace process between the Afghan Government and Taliban groups is important" and should identify and stipulate various stages of the process while measuring the progress being made at each stage.

Aziz said Pakistan fully shared Afghanistan's concern that increasing violence is a key challenge and its reduction should be an important objective of peace talks.

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