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Pakistan plays committed & decisive role in Afghan Peace Deal: FM

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

29th Feb, 2020. 08:28 pm
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Pakistan plays committed & decisive role in Afghan Peace Deal: FM

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan will continue to support a stable, united & democratic Afghanistan.

After the Afghan Taliban and United States peace agreement, FM Qureshi said while talking to the media “today is historic in the advancement of the ultimate aim for peace & reconciliation in Afghanistan.

He further said Pakistan has played a committed & decisive role in the realization of the Afghan Peace Deal.

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision has consistently championed diplomacy over military solution, the Foreign minister added.

It to be noted that United States of America and the Afghan Taliban signed the peace deal in Qatar – the capital city of Doha after a long spell of negotiations, here on Saturday.

Taliban deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad inked the deal in an opulent hall in a five-star hotel in Dohar, Qatar.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quraishi attended the ceremony on special invitation. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo witnessed the signing

A peace deal between warring parties comes after Washington had announced a “reduction in violence” (RIV) deal, which has largely held.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump emphasized Afghans to seize the opportunity for peace and “a new future”.

Donald Trump said in a statement, “Nearly 19 years ago, American service members went to Afghanistan to root out the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks. In that time, we have made great progress in Afghanistan, but at great cost to our brave service members, to the American taxpayers, and the people of Afghanistan.

“When I ran for office, I promised the American people I would begin to bring our troops home, and seek to end this war. We are making substantial progress on that promise.”

The press release issued after the signing ceremony guarantees the timely evacuation of US and allied forces from Afghanistan. the agreement also guarantees that Afghan soil will not be used against United States and its allies.

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