Progress in intra-Afghan negotiations vital to reduce violence, ensure ceasefire: FM | Pakistan Today

Progress in intra-Afghan negotiations vital to reduce violence, ensure ceasefire: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, while calling the US-Taliban Peace Agreement a historic opportunity, underlined that progress in the Intra-Afghan negotiations would help reduce violence and lead to ceasefire.

Qureshi, who met visiting Speaker of Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga Mir Rahman Rahmani on Saturday, also cautioned against the role of “spoilers” who did not wish to see peace and stability return to Afghanistan or were averse to strong Pakistan-Afghanistan relations.

Welcoming the visiting dignitary, the foreign minister highlighted the importance Pakistan attached to its fraternal relations with Afghanistan.

He emphasized the importance of inter-parliamentary cooperation between the two countries, with increased interaction through the respective Parliamentary Friendship Groups as well as between women parliamentarians on both sides.

The foreign minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan and highlighted the country’s positive contribution to the Afghan peace process.
He stressed that after the Afghans themselves, no other country had a greater stake in lasting peace in Afghanistan than Pakistan.

The foreign minister noted that Prime Minister Imran Khan had repeatedly underlined that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and that a political solution was the only way forward.

He viewed that the US-Taliban Peace Agreement had provided a historic opportunity for the Afghan leaders to now work together and secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.

On the bilateral relations, the foreign minister stressed the importance of Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), noting that the mechanism provided the best platform to address all relevant issues.

He underscored that enormous synergies and complementarities existed in trade and economic fields between the two countries which should be optimally utilized.

He said a new visa regime had been implemented for Afghan nationals which would facilitate people-to-people links.

Rahmani, accompanied by a high-level delegation, is on a three-day bilateral visit from October, 23 to 25.

He will also participate in “Pakistan-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Forum 2020 – Partnership for Mutual Benefit” seminar, to be hed in Islamabad on October 26-27.