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Pakistan vows to strengthen fraternal relations with Afghanistan

19 Oct 2020 - 14:03
19 Oct 2020 - 14:03

KABUL Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has reaffirmed Pakistan’s desire to further strength the close fraternal relations between the two countries, according to a statement on Monday.

He said this during a meeting with Gulbuddin Hikmatyar, head of the Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) in Islamabad, a statement from Pakistan Foreign Ministry said.

Qureshi emphasized that Pakistan has always supported a peaceful, stable, united, democratic, sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has consistently underlined that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.

The Foreign Minister added that Pakistan facilitated the process that culminated in the US-Taliban Peace Agreement in Doha on 29 February 2020 and supported the commencement of Intra-Afghan Negotiations.

The Foreign Minister stressed the importance of an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process.

Qureshi underscored that all parties must honour their respective commitments and work for reduction in violence leading to ceasefire.

The Afghan leaders must seize this historic opportunity to achieve durable and sustainable peace in Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister also underlined the importance of exercising vigilance and guarding against the role of ‘spoilers’, both within and outside.

The Foreign Minister highlighted the steps taken by Pakistan to support Afghanistan on its path to reconstruction and economic development as well as for improved transit and bilateral trade relations.

The Foreign Minister underlined the importance of making the return of Afghan refugees to their homeland with dignity and honour a part of the peace process.

Mr. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is on a three-day visit to Pakistan. During the visit, he will have meetings with political and parliamentary leadership and other dignitaries.

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