Sheikh Rasheed lauds Qatar’s role in Afghan peace process

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad has said Qatar played a crucial role in furthering the Afghan reconciliation process.

While talking to special envoy of Qatar Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani in Islamabad today, the interior minister said it has always been the stance of Pakistan that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict.

Matters related to bilateral relations and Afghan peace process came under discussion. Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said lasting peace in Afghanistan is a long standing dream of Pakistan. Commending the efforts of Qatar for peace in Afghanistan, he stressed on to continue dialogue with the Afghan Taliban for maintaining peace.

While appreciating the close fraternal ties between Pakistan and Qatar, the minister discussed ways and means of enhancing the existing economic cooperation, investment in food security and other sectors.

Speaking on the occasion, Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani said Peace in Afghanistan is essential for the social and economic development of the region. He lauded Pakistan s civil and military institutions for their countless sacrifices in establishing peace.

The special envoy discussed Qatar’s plan to enhance bilateral cooperation in myriad fields and undertake educational projects in Pakistan. He also conveyed Qatar’s interest in enhanced investments in Pakistan.

Highlighting the excellent relationship between the leadership of the two countries, he underlined that Qatar would continue to work with Pakistan for further strengthening bilateral relations.