Afghanistan thanks Pakistan for facilitating Afghan peace process
ISLAMABAD: Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan Dr Abdullah Abdullah has commended conciliatory and sincere efforts being made by Pakistan to take the Afghan peace process to logical conclusion.
He said this while talking to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad on Monday.
Dr Abdullah Abdullah expressed his gratitude to the Pakistani leadership over its role in the Afghan peace process.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan backed a peaceful and durable political solution of Afghanistan’s conflict through an Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process.
The foreign minister said Pakistan, as a shared responsibility, had been playing the role of facilitator in the Afghan peace process.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the US-Taliban peace agreement and later the intra Afghan dialogue held in Doha have raised the prospects of durable peace in Afghanistan. He said the Afghan leadership should seize this historic opportunity and undertake serious efforts to take the Afghan peace process to logical conclusion.
He said we will also have to keep an eye on the spoilers who do not want peace and stability in the region.
The Foreign Minister said the international community will have to come forward for the reconstruction and economic stability of Afghanistan.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan desires dignified return of millions of Afghan refugees to their homeland.
The Foreign Minister said Pakistan respects the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Afghanistan, and wants to develop strong economic cooperation with the neighboring country.