Qatar invites Pakistan to attend US-Taliban peace deal signing in Doha
ISLAMABAD: Qatar has invited Pakistan to attend the US-Taliban peace deal signing in Doha on 29 February, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Tuesday.
Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the country-Taliban agreement will be concluded on 29 February 2020.
Qureshi said the Qatari envoy had invited him on behalf of Qatari’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister to the signing ceremony.
The foreign minister, expressing his views about the much-anticipated development, said Pakistan welcomed the announcement of a US-Taliban truce deal.
“Pakistan has always maintained that the Afghan peace process does not require a military solution,” said the foreign minister.
He added that Pakistan played an important role in the Afghan peace process and that today the whole world recognizes its stance.
The foreign minister hoped the peace deal would pave the way for an intra-Afghan discussion.
Pakistan mentioned earlier that it looked forward to the US-Taliban peace agreement encouraging Afghan parties to “take advantage of this historic opportunity and work towards a comprehensive and inclusive political settlement.”
The Foreign Office in its statement said: “Pakistan has consistently supported direct negotiations between the US and Taliban. From the outset, Pakistan has facilitated this process and contributed to its progress.”
“Pakistan reaffirms its support for a peaceful, stable, united, democratic, and prosperous Afghanistan, at peace with itself and with its neighbours,” the press release read.
For more than a year, the US had been in negotiations with the Taliban to come to an agreement in which thousands of troops would be pulled out in exchange for Taliban security guarantees and obligations.