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Islamabad for Doha process resumption

Islamabad for Doha process resumption

Jul 13, 2013 - 17:50

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Pakistaninfo-icon has called for pursuing the Afghan-led peace process despite the temporary closure of the Talibaninfo-icon’s office in Doha last week.

“The window on the Doha track should not be shut. This initiative should be pursued,” Pakistan’s Ambassador to UN Masood Khan told a closed-door of the UN Security Council meeting.

He said the process involving Taliban, Americans and Afghans should have started last week, but got stalled after President Hamid Karzai reacted angrily to the display of the Taliban flag and nameplate.

“Temporary difficulties and glitches should be resolved so that the US, the government of Afghanistaninfo-icon and the Taliban can have conversations,” the APP news agency quoted the envoy as saying.

Pakistan had taken all possible measures to facilitate the peace process, he insisted. “We are doing so in good faith. This is also guided by our national interest…”

Peace and stability in Afghanistan would have a positive impact on Pakistan, Khan observed, promising: “Under no circumstances, will we force an agenda, impose a solution or interfere in intra-Afghan dialogue.”

Afghan parties should set the framework for negotiations, articulate common objectives and identify the final outcome, Khan conceded, saying: “Together with Afghanistan, we have a shared responsibility to manage the international border.

PAN Monitor/mud


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