Sharif pledges continued support for Afghan peace process
“Pakistan will persist in the endeavour to help resume the dialogue process and promote peace and stability in Afghanistan. We can, however, do so only if we receive the required cooperation from the Afghan government,” Sharif said.
In his address to the UN General Assembly, he noted Pakistan-Afghanistan relations had undergone a positive transformation after the installation of the national unity government in Kabul.
“In response to the request from the Afghan government and with the support of the international community, Pakistan made strenuous efforts to facilitate the reconciliation process,” he added.
Dialogue did begin between the Afghan government and the Taliban, which was an unprecedented first, the premier observed, regretting that certain developments stalled the process.
Later on, militant attacks in Afghanistan intensified, which were unequivocally condemned by Islamabad. “We are encouraged the international community, including major powers, desire continuation of the peace process in Afghanistan.”
Sharif appreciated China's pro-active role in promoting peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region. “We welcome China's vision of One Belt, One Road. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will spur regional economic integration…”
He also welcomed Russia's greater focus on Asian cooperation. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, which Pakistan would be joining this year as a full member, offered great promise for promoting regional connectivity, he believed.
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