- Progress in Intra-Afghan Negotiations vital to reduce violence, bring ceasefire: Qureshi
Progress In Intra-Afghan Negotiations Vital To Reduce Violence, Bring Ceasefire: Qureshi
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Oct, 2020 ) :Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Saturday while calling the US-Taliban Peace Agreement a historic opportunity, underlined that progress in the Intra-Afghan Negotiations would help reduce violence and lead to ceasefire.
Qureshi, who met visiting Speaker of Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, Mir Rahman Rahmani here, also cautioned against the role of "spoilers" who did not wish to see peace and stability return to Afghanistan or were averse to strong Pakistan-Afghanistan relations.
He emphasized the importance of inter-parliamentary cooperation between the two countries, with increased interaction through the respective Parliamentary Friendship Groups as well as between women parliamentarians on both sides.
The foreign minister noted that Prime Minister Imran Khan had repeatedly underlined that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and that a political solution was the only way forward.
He viewed that the US-Taliban Peace Agreement had provided a historic opportunity for the Afghan leaders to now work together and secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.
On the bilateral relations, the foreign minister stressed the importance of Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), noting that the mechanism provided the best platform to address all relevant issues.
He underscored that enormous synergies and complementarities existed in trade and economic fields between the two countries which should be optimally utilized.