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Pakistan supports all Afghan peace initiatives

Pakistan supports all Afghan peace initiatives

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:01

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Prime Minister Imran Khan has promised Pakistaninfo-icon’s continued support for all initiatives to bring peace to Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Khan held out the commitment at separate meetings with US special envoy for Afghan peace Zalmay Khalilzad and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham in New York.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told reporters in New York Khalilzad shared with Khan how far his negotiations with the Talibaninfo-icon had gone and what expectations he had in the future.

Khan said peace in Afghanistan was critical to stability in South Asia and economic development of the entire region. He asked all parties to play their role in restoring peace to that country.

“Peace in Afghanistan is vital to advancing my government’s vision for a peaceful neighborhood, economic development and regional stability,” Khan told the US diplomat.

Khalilzad talked about the joint efforts Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States were making for bringing peace to the conflict-devastated country.

Khan acknowledged Khalilzad’s efforts for promoting a peaceful political settlement in Afghanistan. Pakistan always believed there was no military solution to the conflict, he said.

“Pakistan would, therefore, continue to support all initiatives towards achieving a sustainable peace in Afghanistan and hoped for an early resumption of the peace process,” he promised.

Khalilzad commended Khan’s support for the Afghan peace process, and said he would continue working with Pakistan for stability in Afghanistan.

The premier also met George Soros, the philanthropist behind the Open Societyinfo-icon Foundation. They discussed OSF's efforts to provide quality educationinfo-icon in Afghanistan.


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