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Afghan negotiator discusses peace process with FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan Dr Abdullah Abdullah on Monday met with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad after arriving on a three-day visit.

The Afghan leader commended conciliatory and sincere efforts being made by Pakistan to take the Afghan peace process to a logical conclusion. Dr Abdullah expressed his gratitude to Pakistani leadership over its role in the Afghan peace process.

Foreign Minister Qureshi said Pakistan backs a peaceful and durable political solution of Afghanistan’s conflict through an Afghan-led peace process. He said Pakistan has a shared responsibility and has been playing the role of facilitator in the Afghan peace process.

Qureshi said the US-Taliban peace agreement and later the intra-Afghan dialogue held in Doha have raised the prospects of durable peace in Afghanistan. He said the Afghan leadership should seize this historic opportunity and undertake serious efforts to take the Afghan peace process to a logical conclusion.

He said Pakistan will also have to keep an eye on the spoilers who do not want peace and stability in the region. He said Pakistan desires the dignified return of millions of Afghan refugees to their homeland.

The foreign minister said the international community will have to come forward for the reconstruction and economic stability of Afghanistan.

Qureshi said Pakistan respects the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Afghanistan and wants to develop strong economic cooperation with the neighboring country.

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