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Blinken, Qureshi talk ceasefire in Afghanistan

30 Jan 2021 - 09:57
30 Jan 2021 - 09:57

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan has renewed its call for a negotiated political settlement in Afghanistan, where Taliban-linked violence remains high.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s stance in a phone call with US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on Friday.

Peace in Afghanistan was one of the fundamental common goals for the two countries, Qureshi told the US secretary, who took the oath of office on Jan 26.

The Pakistani diplomat underlined the need for reduction in violence leading to a ceasefire in Afghanistan, a government source said,

The minister claimed Pakistan facilitated the Afghan peace process and remained committed to working with the Biden administration as a partner for peace.

Secretary Blinken acknowledged the sacrifices rendered by the people of Pakistan in the war on terrorism, saying the two nations had a long history of cooperation.

Qureshi and Blinken agreed to remain engaged and work together to advance the bilateral agenda and promoting common interests in the region.


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