Germany to Pakistan: Honour Afghan peace pledge
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who attended a ceremony marking the 100th year of Afghan-German friendship in Kabul, said given the current situation, the Afghanistan peace process should continue so that instabilities that threatened both Pakistan and Afghanistan were resolved.
“We will also continue with our efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan and during my tomorrow’s visit to Pakistan, I would invite Pakistani officials’ attention to this issue,” he told journalists.
Steinmeier said a window that had been opened for the Afghan peace should not be entirely shut and Germany hoped the reconciliation process to continue.
He expressed optimism relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan would improve gradually and Pakistan needed to play its role in advancing the Afghanistan peace process.
“If the negotiations process is entirely shut, it will give some people the opportunity to sabotage the process. In my Pakistan visit, I will clearly express this and hope it has results,” he added.
His Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani said Afghan people’s demands had been clearly shared with Pakistani officials in their last visit to Islamabad.
He said the Afghan people expected practical steps from Pakistan in order deliver on its pledge that Afghanistan’s enemy was Pakistan’s enemy. “The recent attacks on Kabul were a turning point for us and we want Pakistan to take action soon against those elements that declare Jihad against Afghanistan from Pakistan.”
In the recent attacks in Shah Sheheed loclality, on the Police Academy and in Qasaba locality of Kabul more than 50 people lost their lives and 500 more wounded – majority of them civilians.
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