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PM Imran, President Ghani exchange views on Afghan peace process

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

17th Dec, 2020. 10:57 am
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Prime Minister PM Imran Khan has welcomed the progress in Doha negotiations during the telephonic conversation with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.

Imran Khan, during the conversation; reiterated Pakistan’s steadfast support for the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process for a political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.

The Prime Minister reiterated Pakistan’s call on all the Afghan sides for taking measures for reduction in the violence leading to a ceasefire.

The Prime Minister also discussed the progress in the on-going Afghan peace process and strengthening of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations.

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

The latest visit of the Taliban Political Commission to Pakistan is also in this context.

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

On Wednesday Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed Pakistan’s desire for a reduction in violence and ceasefire in Afghanistan to take forward the peace process.

Foreign Minister said responsibility in this regard rests with all the stakeholders. Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the Taliban delegation during the talks today showed their eagerness and seriousness for peace.

The Foreign Minister said the Taliban delegation which will also meet Prime Minister Imran Khan has acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Referring to the violent conflict that not only impacted Afghanistan but also Pakistan and the region, the Foreign Minister said it is a historic opportunity for the Afghan parties to take the matters towards a peaceful settlement.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the next round of talks between the Afghan parties will be held on the fifth of next month. The venue of the talks is yet to be decided as different proposals are under consideration.

The Foreign Minister also urged the international community to continue to play its role in the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. This, he said, will also lead to the repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland.

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