Peace in Afghanistan in interest of entire region: Hussain
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan on Thursday said the second round of peace talks between the Ghani government and Taliban would begin soon and Islamabad was ready to cooperate with the process.
The Afghan government and Taliban held their first face-to-face talks in the tourist resort of Murree in June. The second round, expected to take place on July 31, was cancelled due to the announcement of Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death.
The demise of Omar and a string of deadly attacks in capital Kabul forced the Afghan government to come hard on Pakistan. President Ashraf Ghani accused Pakistan of allowing militant hideouts to exist on its soil.
However, two weeks back, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US agreed at quadrilateral meeting in Islamabadto launch a renewed push for reviving the Afghan-led reconciliation process.
Syed Ibrar Hussain, Pakistan’s ambassador, told Pajhwok Afghan News the peace talks between the Taliban and Kabul would happen in the near future and the Islamabad was ready to do all it could in this regard.
The diplomat said the restoration of the peace process was not only on the interest of Afghanistan, but was equally beneficial of the entire region. He argued stability was central to the execution of mega development projects.
Pakistan Chief of Army Staff, Raheel Sharif plans to visit Kabul in the near future for discussing the re-launch of the peace talks with top Afghan leaders, including President Ashraf Ghani.
Hussain stressed the need for taking all stakeholders in Afghanistan and Pakistan on board and addressing bilateral distrust. He said relations between the peoples, particularly civil society groups, were important.
Nations come close when they enjoyed suspicion-free ties, the ambassador observed, explaining efforts for development would not yield satisfactory result as long as people-to-people contacts were not strengthened enough.
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