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Intra-Afghan talks uncommon alternative for lasting peace in Afghanistan: Qureshi

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  • Overseas minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Hanif Atmar converse over the telephone, focus on Pak-Afghan relations, intra-Afghan dialogue, bilateral commerce, peace within the area and extra
  • Pakistan decided to determine border market alongside Pak-Afghan border, says FM Qureshi
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan considers intra-Afghan talks a uncommon alternative for lasting peace in Afghanistan, Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi instructed his Afghan counterpart, Hanif Atmar, in a telephone name on Monday. 

Qureshi stated Pakistan at all times needed a peaceable, complete and lasting resolution to the Afghan downside.

He stated the success of intra-Afghan dialogue is important for peace and stability within the area.

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Afghanistan was additionally assured of Pakistan’s cooperation in strengthening bilateral commerce and proposed institution of border sustenance markets. 

“Good connecting with Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar. In line with the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan (we) discussed importance of moving forward with establishment of border markets for stronger bilateral trade. We will continue working closely with Afghanistan for stability in (the) region and for success of Afghan peace process,” Qureshi stated in a tweet.

That is the primary excessive stage contact between Afghanistan and Pakistan after the brand new administration took over in Washington and President Joe Biden made it recognized that they had been going to assessment the deal arrived at by the US with the Afghan Taliban.

Qureshi as soon as once more reiterated Pakistan’s constant help to a peaceable, steady and affluent Afghanistan. “The foreign minister underlined that intra-Afghan negotiations provided an historic opportunity to the Afghan leadership to achieve an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement in Afghanistan,” stated the Overseas Workplace.

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“Pakistan has always held that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict and a political settlement is the only way forward. Pakistan will continue to play its positive role towards supporting the Afghan peace process and strengthening relations with Afghanistan,” Qureshi instructed his counterpart. 

The FO didn’t touch upon the views expressed by Atmar through the telephone name.

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