Acting Foreign Minister Meets Pak FM Qureshi, Emphasises on Afghan Government’s Direct Talks with Taliban

Acting Foreign Minister Meets Pak FM Qureshi, Emphasises on Afghan Government’s Direct Talks with Taliban

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24 Dec 2018

Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani met with his Pakistani Shah Mehmood Qureshi in capital Kabul, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said.

Qureshi pledged his country’s efforts to bring the Taliban to negotiating table with the Afghan government. Sebghatullah Ahmadi, a spokesman for Afghan foreign ministry, said that peace talks would restart next month and “we hope to see direct negotiations between the representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban.

He also said that the President Ashraf Ghani had offered start of peace negotiations without any preconditions “We hope that the Taliban accept the offer which will benefit Afghanistan and the region.”

He said that Pakistan stressed that it is making efforts to bring the Taliban to negotiating table with the Afghan government.

According to a statement released by MoFA, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi emphasized on peace and stability in Afghanistan, calling it in the interest of Pakistan.

Qureshi reiterated Islamabad’s policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan and said it is the responsibility of the region to help with the realization of peace in Afghanistan.

In his turn, Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani informed of improvement in bilateral relations between Islamabad and Kabul and said the two times trip by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister to Kabul demonstrates the improving relations between the two countries.

Rabbani once again emphasized on the launch of direct negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban group.


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