By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that India supports the UN-led conference to achieve a potential settlement and comprehensive ceasefire in Afghanistan as he addressed the Heart of Asia conference in Tajikistan on Tuesday, according to a report by Hindustan Times. Addressing the event focused on building a durable peace in Afghanistan, Jaishankar said: What we need is a genuine “double peace,” that is, peace within Afghanistan and peace around Afghanistan. It requires harmonizing the interests of all, both within and around that country. He said that if the peace process is to be successful, then it is necessary to ensure that the negotiating parties continue to engage in good faith, with a serious commitment toward reaching a political solution.
“Today, we are striving for a more inclusive Afghanistan that can overcome decades of conflict. But that will happen only if we stay true to principles that Heart of Asia has long embodied. Collective success may not be easy but the alternative is only collective failure,” he said.
Addressing the Heart of Asia conference, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says there is a historic opportunity for Afghans to achieve peace but says the process is also faced with formidable challenges.
“We have consistently cautioned against the role of spoilers both within and outside Afghanistan. We have been keeping concerned about the continuation of violence across Afghanistan, resulting in loss of precious lives,” Qureshi says. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said there is a need for a transparent role for the UN in the Afghan peace process and for a responsible withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. Zarif said that all countries should be alert about Daesh’s attempt to use religious extremist elements in religious and ethnic conflicts in Afghanistan.