FM Qureshi welcomes Afghan-Taliban deal to facilitate peace

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – December 17, 2020
ISLAMABAD: Welcoming announcement of “agreement on rules and procedures” between two negotiating sides, foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi appreciated, Wednesday, the agreement reflects a common resolve to secure a negotiated solution.

According to a press release, a delegation of Taliban’s political commission headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, called on FM in federal capital, for exchange of views on Afghan peace process.

He emphasised importance of measures by all sides for reduction in violence leading to ceasefire.

Reaffirming Pakistan’s support for a peaceful, stable, united, sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan, FM Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s belief in no military solution to conflict in Afghanistan.

He underlined, Pakistan will continue to facilitate Afghan peace process and expressed hope the Afghan parties will seize historic opportunity to establish peace in Afghanistan through inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.

FM Qureshi added, Pakistan will respect decisions taken by Afghan parties through Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

He underlined need for guarding against the schemes of “spoilers” from disrupting peace process.

FM Qureshi highlighted steps being taken by Pakistan to deepen economic relations and people-to-people exchanges including visa facilitation and enhancing trade and transit for welfare of fraternal Afghan people.

Emphasising Pakistan’s commitment to safe and dignified return of Afghan refugees to their homeland, he expressed hope that peace and stability in Afghanistan will help create conducive conditions for a time-bound and well-resourced roadmap supported by international community.

FM Qureshi stressed the importance of international community playing its role in reconstruction and economic development of Afghanistan.

The Taliban delegation thanked Pakistan for hosting millions of Afghan refugees for more than four decades.

They appreciated Pakistan’s facilitative role in Afghan peace process and shared its perspective on various aspects of intra-Afghan negotiations.

The delegation of Taliban’s political commission is visiting Pakistan from December 16-18, 2020, as part of Pakistan’s efforts of outreach to all Afghan stakeholders for a peaceful resolution of Afghan conflict.

Separately, prime minister (PM) Imran Khan held a telephonic conversation with Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani, Wednesday, to discuss progress regarding the on-going Afghan peace process and strengthening of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations.

According to a press release, the PM reiterated Pakistan’s steadfast support for the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process for a political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.

In this regard, PM Khan welcomed the recent progress in the intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha.

He underlined, Pakistan’s outreach to all Afghan stakeholders was part of its facilitative efforts to ensure progress towards an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.

The latest visit of Taliban’s political commission to Pakistan is also in this context.

PM Khan reiterated Pakistan’s call on all the Afghan sides for taking measures for reduction in violence leading to ceasefire.

The two leaders agreed to continue their engagement for supporting the peace process and enhancing bilateral cooperation.