Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Sunday that Pakistan views the new peace deal between US and Taliban as a great development for the region.
He was addressing in Islamabad, where he said Pakistan views the new peace deal between US and Taliban as a great development for the region.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood said Representatives of more than 50 countries around the world were present in the peace deal ceremony.
He said The peace agreement will begin the Intra-Afghan dialogue
He added The people of Afghanistan want peace, they have seen a long war
Shah Mahmood said I congratulate the Taliban and the US authorities on the agreement.
The Afghan government now has to decide how they want to see Afghanistan, he said.
Afghans have to decide for lasting peace and create an atmosphere of peace.
Earlier Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan wants a ‘responsible withdrawal’ of US troops from Afghanistan.
“We want a responsible withdrawal,” Qureshi said, when asked about the time-frame for departure of US forces. “It’s an important day,” he added. “Hopefully it will set the tone for peace and stability in Afghanistan.”
Foreign Minister Qureshi welcomed the signing of landmark peace agreement, saying it carries immense importance both in symbolism and substance for Afghanistan, the region and beyond.
During media interaction in Doha, he said the peace agreement reflected a significant step forward by the US and the Taliban in advancing the ultimate aim of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
He reiterated that Pakistan will continue its policy of supporting the Afghan people in their efforts to achieve lasting peace, stability and development in Afghanistan.
“The peace deal has, once again, vindicated Pakistan’s long-held stance that there is no military solution of the Afghan conflict. Prime Minister Imran Khan has consistently underlined that a political settlement is the only way forward,” he added.
Qureshi underlined that Pakistan has fulfilled its part of the responsibility in terms of facilitating this peace agreement.
Pakistan will continue to support a peaceful, stable, united, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan, at peace with itself and with its neighbours, he added.
He also appreciated personal contribution of Amir of Qatar to the whole process.
He noted that intra-Afghan negotiations will be the next logical step after the peace agreement.
He expressed the hope that the Afghan parties will now seize this historic opportunity and work out a comprehensive and inclusive political settlement for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.
He also underlined the need for the international community to recognize that Afghanistan will require support to commence reconstruction and rehabilitation phase.