FM reaffirms Pakistan’s support to Afghan peace process in Taliban meeting

By: News Desk      Published: 08:48 PM, 16 Dec, 2020
FM reaffirms Pakistan’s support to Afghan peace process in Taliban meeting
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi walks along with Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar upon his arrival with the delegation for talks at the Pakistan Foreign Ministry in Islamabad. AFP

A delegation of Taliban Political Commission (TPC), headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Wednesday called on Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi for exchange of views on the Afghan peace process.

Reaffirming Pakistan’s support for a peaceful, stable, united, sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister reiterated Pakistan’s belief that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.

He underlined that Pakistan will continue to facilitate the Afghan peace process and expressed the hope that the Afghan parties would seize this historic opportunity to establish lasting peace in Afghanistan through an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.

Welcoming the announcement of the agreement on Rules and Procedures between the two negotiating sides in Doha, Foreign Minister Qureshi conveyed that the agreement reflects a common resolve of the parties to secure a negotiated solution.

He emphasised the importance of measures by all sides for the reduction in the violence leading to a ceasefire. The Foreign Minister added that Pakistan will respect the decisions taken by the Afghan parties through the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

Qureshi also underlined the need for guarding against the machinations of “spoilers” from disrupting the process.

Qureshi also highlighted the steps being taken by Pakistan to deepen the economic relations and people-to-people exchanges including visa facilitation and enhancing trade and transit for the welfare of fraternal Afghan people.

Emphasising Pakistan’s commitment to safe and dignified return of Afghan refugees to their homeland, the Foreign Minister expressed the hope that peace and stability in Afghanistan will help create conducive conditions for a time-bound and well-resourced roadmap supported by the international community.

He also stressed the importance of the international community playing its role in reconstruction and economic development of Afghanistan.

The delegation thanked Pakistan for hosting millions of Afghan refugees for more than four decades. The Taliban Political Commission’s delegation appreciated Pakistan’s facilitative role in the Afghan peace process and shared its perspective on various aspects of the Intra-Afghan Negotiations.

The Taliban Political Commission delegation is visiting Pakistan from 16-18 December 2020 as part of Pakistan’s efforts of outreach to all Afghan stakeholders for a peaceful resolution of the Afghan conflict.