FM Qureshi assures Afghan counterpart on expediting agreements

By Staff Reporter
Friday – November 20, 2020
ISLAMABAD: On the sidelines of prime minister (PM) Imran Khan’s visit to Kabul, Thursday, foreign minister (FM) Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met his Afghan counterpart Haneef Atmar, the two reviewed complete gamut of bilateral relations, developments in the Afghan peace process, regional connectivity, and people-to-people contacts.

According to a press release, FM Qureshi assured his Afghan counterpart of Pakistan’s steadfast support to a peaceful, stable, sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan.

He reiterated Pakistan’s consistently held position that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict and that Afghans must seize this historic opportunity presented by United States (US) - Taliban peace agreement and subsequent start of intra-Afghan negotiations for bringing an end to the conflict through inclusive and broad-based political settlement.

He underlined that Pakistan will respect the decisions taken by Afghans in the peace process.

The two FMs noted that recent high-level visits from both sides have led to positive trajectory in bilateral relations and agreed to take necessary steps to further build on this momentum.

FM Qureshi expressed satisfaction at the important decisions taken by the two sides during 7th Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Cooperation Authority (APTTCA) meeting held on November 17 in Kabul including commencing of negotiations on preferential trade agreement (PTA), progress on revision of APTTCA, agreement of cooperation between customs, and understanding about having a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the central banks.

Afghan FM Atmar thanked FM Qureshi for Pakistan’s support in the Afghan peace process and for the support extended to Afghan nationals during Covid-19 (coronavirus) as well as facilitation of trade, transit and pedestrian movement.

The two sides also agreed that sustained peace and stability, enhanced trade, and connectivity will contribute to regional prosperity.