Islamabad, 14 December 2019 (GNP): The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, called on Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi today. Ambassador Khalilzad apprised the Foreign Minister of the latest situation in the Afghan peace process.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s steadfast support as well as facilitating role in the Afghan peace and reconciliation process. He said Pakistan believed that President Trump’s decision to resume dialogue with the Taliban was a positive development, to help establish peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.
The Foreign Minister underscored the importance of early and successful conclusion of the U.S.-Taliban peace deal and start of intra-Afghan negotiations. The Foreign Minister reiterated the importance of reduction in violence and all parties fulfilling their respective commitments. The Foreign Minister also underlined the need to be mindful of the role and activities of spoilers who did not wish peace to return in the region.
The Foreign Minister added that the vision of economic prosperity and connectivity could not be realized without a stable and prosperous Afghanistan. He assured that Pakistan will continue to play its positive role towards deepening bilateral trade with Afghanistan and realizing shared vision of regional connectivity. (GNP)