Pakistan to continue its effort for peace in Afghanistan: FM Qureshi
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan will continue its efforts for peace in the region, particularly in Afghanistan.
He said while talking to an Afghan delegation comprising politicians, journalists, academics and businessmen on Wednesday.
The minister assured the members of the delegation that Pakistan is hopeful that its sincere efforts for establishment of peace in Afghanistan will prove a success.
During the meeting, Pakistan-Afghan relations and matters of mutual interest, including Afghan reconciliatory process were discussed.
The delegation members appreciated the role, Pakistan has played for bringing the two sides on the dialogue table as part of the peace process.
The delegation presented its proposals to the Foreign Minister for building trust between Pakistan and Afghanistan and enhancing bilateral political and economic cooperation.
Will continue sincere efforts for Afghan peace process: FM Qureshi
Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that the government will continue sincere efforts for the Afghan peace process.
Addressing Seventh Round of Pakistan-Afghanistan Track-II Dialogue in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said that Pakistan appreciates the progress made for Afghan peace.
“Peace in Afghanistan has become inevitable due to trade in the region. Pakistan and Afghanistan have common interests. Our future is interlinked and we cannot flee from each other,” he maintained.
He said that he had visited different countries and held several meetings with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad for peace in Afghanistan. “Afghan people themselves have to decide their future.”
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan had played its due role in development of Afghanistan and pledged projects worth US$ one billion.
He said that Afghanistan is a Pakistan’s major trading partner, and the two countries do trade through rail and road. “Afghanistan’s importance in regional connectivity cannot be ignored as completion of projects with Central Asian states such as TAPI and CASA-1000 is not possible without Afghanistan,” he said.