ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has said that Pakistan facilitated the negotiations between the United States and Taliban from the outset which led to a peace agreement between them.
“Pakistan welcomes the announcement regarding the US-Taliban agreement. Pakistan has consistently supported direct negotiations between the US and Taliban. From the outset, Pakistan has facilitated this process and contributed to its progress thus far. We look forward to the signing of the agreement on February 29, 2020,” said the Foreign Office.
Pakistan believed the signing of the US-Taliban agreement would pave the way for the next step of intra-Afghan negotiations, it maintained. “We hope the Afghan parties would now seize this historic opportunity and work out a comprehensive and inclusive political settlement for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region,” said the FO.
Pakistan reaffirmed its support for a peaceful, stable, united, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan, at peace with itself and with its neighbours.
“We are also looking forward to the international community playing its part in reinforcing the efforts for the establishment of sustainable peace in Afghanistan and helping to create conditions inside Afghanistan to enable the return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan to their homeland with dignity and honour,” the office said.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) chief Jens Stoltenberg has said US-Taliban agreement had opened a route to sustainable peace in Afghanistan.
In a statement, he said this could pave the way for negotiations among Afghans, sustainable peace and ensuring the country was never again a safe haven for terrorists.
In a tweet, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that his country and the Afghan Taliban had reached an understanding that could lead to a significant and nationwide reduction in violence across Afghanistan.