FM reaffirms commitment to safe return of Afghan refugees

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – June 2, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi emphasised the commitment to safe and dignified return of Afghan refugees to their homeland, on Tuesday, in a time-bound and well-resourced roadmap, supported by the international community.

According to a press release, Afghan wolesi jirga (WJ) speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani met with the FM at the foreign office (FO) in the federal capital.

The FM welcomed the visiting dignitary for the second general conference of the parliamentary assembly of economic cooperation organisation (PAECO), scheduled from May 31 to June 3, 2021.

FM Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for a peaceful, stable, democratic, sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan.

He underlined that strong fraternal ties with Afghanistan were based on centuries-old bonds and affinities between the people of the two countries.

FM Qureshi stressed the need to deepen bilateral ties and underscored the importance of parliamentary interactions in this regard.

He highlighted Pakistan’s constructive efforts for facilitating the Afghan peace process.

FM Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s long-held view that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict and that a negotiated political settlement is the only way forward.

He underlined the imperative of reduction in violence leading to ceasefire.

FM Qureshi expressed hope that the Afghan parties will seize this historic opportunity and workout an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

He underlined the need to be vigilant about the role of “spoilers,” both within and outside Afghanistan.

FM Qureshi stressed the importance of maintaining a constructive and conducive environment for advancing shared goals.

He also underlined the need to utilise the available forums including Afghanistan-Pakistan action plan for peace and solidarity (APAPPS) to address all matters of bilateral interest.