The Afghan reconciliation leader thanks Pakistan for facilitating peace process

Chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation Dr Abdullah

The Afghan reconciliation leader thanks Pakistan for facilitating peace process

Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Dr Abdullah Abdullah on Monday thanked the Pakistani leadership for its efforts to take the Afghan stillness process to its logical conclusion Radio Pakistan reported.

Abdullah lauded Pakistan’s role in the peace route during a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad.

Qureshi said Pakistan backed a peaceful and durable political solution of Afghanistan’s clash through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

He said Pakistan had been playing the role of a facilitator in the process as a shared dependability according to the report.

The foreign minister said the US-Taliban agreement and later the intra-Afghan dialogue held in Doha had raised the prospects of longlasting peace in Afghanistan. He said the Afghan leadership should seize this historic opportunity and commence serious efforts to take the peace process to its conclusion.

Qureshi said an eye should also be kept on the spoilers who do not want peace and stability in the region adding that the international community will have to come forward for the reconstruction and profitable stability of Afghanistan.

The Pakistan desires dignified return of millions of Afghan refugees to their homeland the minister said.

He said Pakistan respects the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Afghanistan and wants to develop strong monetary cooperation with the neighbouring country.

Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Qureshi said Pakistan had always maintain that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict which could be ended only through a political settlement.

The  have fulfilled our responsibility now you have to go forward and play your part and I hope that you will be successful he told the Afghan leadership. Whatever we can do to facilitate we have done and will do it.

Earlier in the day Abdullah had arrived in Islamabad on a three-day official visit. This is the Afghan leader’s first visit to Pakistan in his capacity as chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation.

He is accompany by a high-level designation comprising prominent members of the council.

According to the spokesperson for the Ministry of overseas Affairs Abdullah will also meet Prime Minister Imran Khan President Dr Arif Alvi Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser during the trip.


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