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Moscow, Islamabad back initiatives for Afghan peace

Moscow, Islamabad back initiatives for Afghan peace

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Jan 30, 2019 - 09:49

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Russia and Pakistaninfo-icon have promised all-out support for efforts to bring peace and stability to Afghanistaninfo-icon through close coordination.

The vow came at meetings between Russia’s Special Representative Ambassador Zamir Kabulov, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua.

After the talks, the Foreign Office said the two sides agreed to continue regular consultations on the Afghan peace process and support regional initiatives to bring lasting peace to that country.

During his two-day trip to Oman, the minister will attend the meeting of Pak-Oman Joint Ministerial Commission. He would also be meeting Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi and deputy prime minister Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said.

Kabulov was in Islamabad for consultations on the regional political situation and the Afghan peace process, with Pakistan launching a renewed push for facilitating the reconciliation drive.

Last week, the United States and Talibaninfo-icon held six-day negotiations in Doha. Envoys from the two sides claimed making significant progress, although some issues are yet to be resolved.

Qureshi informed Kabulov Pakistan was facilitating the ongoing talks between the US and the Taliban as a shared responsibility and in good faith. He hoped the meetings would lead to an intra-Afghan dialogue.

Kabulov called Russia and Pakistan important stakeholders in peace and stability in Afghanistan. It was in their shared interest to support efforts for stability there, he said.

Qureshi commended the role of regional countries in the peace process and lauded important contributions that Russia had been making recently towards Afghanistan’s stability.

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