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Pakistan FM visits Kabul to facilitate intra-Afghan dialogue

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Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has started his visit to regional countries. Qureshi paid a visit to Kabul on Monday and briefed Afghan leadership on recent efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and apprised them on efforts Pakistan was undertaking for bringing synergy among other regional and international stakeholders to facilitate an intra-Afghan dialogue.
While being accompanied by the foreign secretary and other senior officials of Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs, Qureshi will also visit Iran, China and Russia. The visit came after two-day negotiations held last week between US special peace envoy to Afghanistan ZalmayKhalilzada and representatives of the Taliban group in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to reports, issues of mutual interest, progress on Afghan peace and reconciliation process and economic and trade issues were discussed between Pakistan delegation led by foreign minister and Afghan side.
Role of Pakistan in connection with Afghanistan peace-related issues has become much highlighted. After the three-way meeting between foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and China, the country claimed that they would provide pavement for the third round of direct meeting between US officials and representatives of the Taliban group in UAE.
Besides detailed exchange of views on important areas of bilateral cooperation, views will also be exchanged on the fast-changing regional and international environment. Recent developments concerning peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan would also be discussed during these meetings.
“Pakistan has always maintained that the solution to the conflict in Afghanistan lies in an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. International community’s recent consensus to adopt this as the guiding principle to resolve the 40-years old Afghan conflict, vindicates Pakistan’s long-held view,” a press release from Pakistan foreign ministry has said.
Afghanistan government has always asked Pakistan to organize its policy based on mutual interests and stop supporting terrorist groups having safe havens in Pakistan. There is a vision that Pakistan wants this time to cooperate with Afghanistan in counter terrorism as well as maintaining peace and stability in the country.
In consideration to impact of tensions in relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan on relations of Islamabad with the region and the world, Pakistan by adopting wisely policy can improve better relations with Kabul, or gap in relations between the two countries will further increase.
Afghan experts believe that peace talks with the Taliban group have regional and world dimensions; therefore, only world pressures on Pakistan can convince the country to help in Afghan peace process. Although Pakistan has pledged to pave the way for intra-Afghan dialogue, the Taliban group has not shown readiness to hold direct talks with Afghanistan government so far.
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