ISLAMABAD - Four-way talks aimed at reviving dialogue between Kabul and the Afghan Taliban will be held in Islamabad today, officials said, with Pakistani authorities set to unveil a list of insurgents willing to negotiate.

The meeting between representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States was announced in December but Pakistani officials only confirmed the date on Sunday, having previously suggested they may take place later in the month.

The so-called “roadmap” talks between the four powers are meant to lay the groundwork for direct dialogue between Kabul and the Islamist group, whose bloody insurgency shows no signs of letting up more than 14 years after they were ousted from power by a US-led coalition.

“Based on the four-way agreement, Monday’s meeting will discuss the mechanism for peace talks,” Javed Faisal, spokesman for Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, told AFP.

“The Pakistani government will present the list of Taliban who are willing to talk and those who are not interested in talks,” he added.

According to Faisal, the spokesman: “Pakistan has agreed to cut off financial support to the Taliban fighters, including in Quetta and Peshawar.” He added that no Taliban would be present at Monday’s meeting.

A senior official in Pakistan’s foreign ministry confirmed the meeting, adding that Islamabad would be represented by its foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry while Afghanistan would be represented by deputy foreign minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai.

The first round of Taliban peace talks was held in July but fell away after the Taliban belatedly confirmed the death of their founder Mullah Omar.

Reuters adds: The Taliban said in a statement this week that it wanted to maintain good relations with other countries even as it wages war against what it called “American occupation”, but it did not mention the peace talks.

“(We) want to have good relations with all nations and further expand them. It will be better to have direct contact with each other and exchange views regarding our goals and values,” it said in the statement, which was published online.

Kabul has been trying to limit expectations of a breakthrough at Monday’s talks, and has said the aim is to work out a roadmap for peace negotiations and a way of assessing if they remain on track.

Besides an official from China, the US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson or the US ambassador would attend from the United States, a State Department official said.

“It’ll be an opportunity to further our partnership with Afghanistan, Pakistan and China in support of an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned reconciliation, which is what we’ve said all along we want to see,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said. “We’re obviously looking forward to ... trying to make some progress here on what has been a very difficult issue.” Afghanistan last month turned to Pakistan, with which it shares a porous border from where the Taliban operate bases on both sides, for help in reviving the peace talks.