Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has announced plans to host
Afghanistan peace talks in Istanbul next month.
Friday's announcement came after the United States proposed a peace plan for a power-sharing interim government in Afghanistan.
Cavusoglu said Afghan officials, the Islamist group the Taliban and the US had suggested that Turkey host the negotiation.
Turkey's role in Afghan peace talks
Talks between Afghanistan's government and the Taliban in Qatar appear to have reached a deadlock.
"This is not a meeting that is an alternative to the Qatar process, it is a complement to that," Turkey's state-owned Anadolu news agency quoted Cavusoglu as saying.
Cavusoglu also said Turkey planned to have a special envoy in the peace talks, adding that Ankara has called for an end to violence in Afghanistan for the negotiations to be effective.
The meeting agenda remains unclear, but Turkey has said the talks would be "goal-oriented."
Russia is also set to host a round of peace negotiations on March 18. Moscow has reportedly invited representatives from the Afghan government, the US, the Taliban, Russia, China, Pakistan and Qatar.
Role of the US in Afghan talks
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken encouraged Kabul to consider a "new, inclusive government" in a letter leaked to media outlets.
Washington is reviewing an agreement between the Taliban and former US President Donald Trump to withdraw some 2,500 troops from Afghanistan by May.
The Taliban, who were in power until the US-led intervention in 2001, have been blamed for insurgency and violence in Afghanistan. The Islamist group also rejected the results of the 2019 presidential election.
The increase of armed conflict in Afghanistan has prompted involvement by Western forces.
fb/rt (AFP, Reuters)