PM Imran assures Ashraf Ghani of supporting Afghan peace process

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reaffirmed Pakistan’s steadfast support to the Afghan peace process and urged Afghan leadership to work jointly for a comprehensive political agreement.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday held a telephonic conversation with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani and discussed ways to improve the relationship between the two countries and the Afghan peace process.

According to a handout issued after the telephonic conversation, PM Imran said the Afghan leadership should work jointly for a comprehensive political agreement.

He assured Ashraf Ghani of Pakistan’s complete and constant support for the Afghan peace process. “Positive efforts have resulted in a peace accord between the United States and Taliban besides also beginning of the intra-Afghan talks,” he added.

Earlier, the prime minister while lauding the beginning of the intra-Afghan talks in Doha, stressed upon the need to invite all stakeholders within the neighboring country for a peace accord and decline in violence.

“All Afghan stakeholders should grab this historic opportunity,” he said and added that It is pertinent to mention here that on September 11, welcoming the momentous intra-Afghan peace talks to be held in Qatar starting Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his contentment in a statement.

He said that Afghanistan remained embattled with bloodshed and controversies for over 40 years. “For more than 40 years, Afghans have suffered from continued conflict and bloodshed,” and added that Pakistan has endured the fall-out which ensued “terrorism, loss of precious lives, and huge economic cost.”

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