Pakistan has vital stake in Afghanistan’s stability: Sharif
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday welcomed the decision on talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban as a positive signal for the reconciliation process.
Sharif made the remarks during a meeting with an Afghan parliamentary delegation in Islamabad, a day after the Quadrilateral Coordination Group agreed to facilitate the Kabul-Taliban talks.
During the meeting at the Prime Minister’s House in Islamabad, Sharif said Pakistan had a vital stake in Afghanistan’s peace, stability and development. Stronger bilateral ties would help reinforce efforts for peace in the region, he said.
Pakistan and Afghanistan needed to work together to eradicate the menace of terrorism, said the premier, who noted with satisfaction QCG’s progress. He said that Afghanistan must have an environment to enable the return of Afghan migrants with dignity at the right time.
Speaking on the occasion, Ibrahimi said Pakistan was the only nation that supported Afghanistan against external aggression in 1979. “We appreciate the Pakistani nation for hosting Afghan migrants for 30 years despite difficulties.”
He called Pakistan a second home for Afghans, saying: “We must remain steadfast friends in all situations.”While praising Sharif's policy on the peace process, the speaker said the two nations had the same friends and foes.
Ambassador Dr.Omar Zakhilwal, Afghan MPs, Pakistan’s National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and lawmaker Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao also attended the meeting.
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