Afghan Taliban delegation, FM Qureshi discuss important issues
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan will continue to play its conciliatory role in the Afghan process, adding that Pakistan is playing its role under a common responsibility.
According to the details, a delegation of Afghan Taliban led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar met with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in which they discussed the progress in the Afghan peace process.
The Foreign Minister said that the solution of the Afghan problem is possible only through dialogue, sincere efforts proved fruitful in the form of Doha accord, it is expected that the Afghan leadership will take full advantage of this opportunity.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan wishes for early holding of intra-Afghan dialogue for peace in the region, Pakistan and Afghanistan have fraternal relations and are making efforts to provide economic opportunities in Afghanistan.
He called on the international community to work for the return of Afghan refugees and economic stability and warned the delegation of the potential dangers of sabotaging the Afghan peace process.
The Foreign Minister added that the Afghans would continue their efforts for lasting peace in the region, including the peace process.
The Afghan Taliban delegation thanked the Foreign Minister for Pakistan’s continued efforts and unwavering support in the Afghan peace process.
It should be noted that the delegation from the political office of the Afghan Taliban in Qatar had arrived in Pakistan to discuss the obstacles in the inter-Afghan talks.
This is the second visit of a Taliban political delegation to Pakistan. Earlier, they visited Islamabad in October 2019.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi described how the last visit had helped in the final signing of the US-Taliban agreement in February 2020 and said that the delegation had been re-invited in the hope that the intra-Afghan talks would be completed. Complications can be resolved and the process is likely to begin soon.
As the exchange of detainees by both sides was the most important condition for the start of intra-Afghan talks, which were originally scheduled to take place on March 10 under the signing of an agreement between the US Taliban in Doha, the release of detainees was delayed, the most important reason to stop the talks.
The Taliban has claimed that it has released all 1,000 Afghan security forces as promised, while Kabul has yet to release 320 of those 5,000 prisoners.
The Afghan government has agreed to the final release of 400 prisoners who have been convicted of serious crimes.
So far, only 80 of them have been released, while 320 are in government custody.
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