ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reaffirmed its support for peace in Afghanistan on Monday following the oath of its newly elected President, Ashraf Ghani, today in Kabul, the Foreign Office said in a press release.
“Pakistan reaffirms its support for a peaceful, stable, united, sovereign, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan, at peace with itself and with its neighbours,” the statement read.
A Pakistani delegation was present at the President’s inauguration ceremony, the statement says.
“Pakistan was represented in Kabul today. We extend our felicitations,” it said, adding that “The people of Pakistan are linked to the brotherly people of Afghanistan through immutable bonds of history, geography, faith, kinship, culture, language, and customs and traditions.”
We wish our Afghan brothers a future of hope and opportunity, the foreign bureau said.
“At this crucial juncture in their national life, we hope the Afghan leaders would proceed with wisdom and foresight, eschew blame-games, resolve mutual differences, and unite in the supreme interest of their country,” the statement read.
“The signing of the US-Taliban Peace Agreement in Doha on 29 February 2020 has created a historic opportunity for the people of Afghanistan and a pathway to intra-Afghan negotiations,” the foreign office said.
The foreign office said it believes it’s important to protect this historic moment and work in Afghanistan to ensure sustainable peace and stability.
“Pakistan, as a shared responsibility, would continue to facilitate the Afghan peace and reconciliation process for bringing an end to the 19-year old conflict through a comprehensive and inclusive, negotiated political solution that is Afghan-led and Afghan-owned,” the statement read.