Kabul: In what seemed like damage control after a war of words broke out between the Pakistan and Afghanistan representatives recently, Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Sunday said that it is impossible to stop the bloodshed and make peace without Pakistan’s cooperation.
He was speaking during a news conference in Herat and said that the Afghan government and people “understand very well that without Pakistan’s cooperation, it will not be possible to stop the bloodshed and make peace”.
“We believe that in any case, we must maintain dialogue and cooperation with Pakistan,” he added. He also spoke about the severance of diplomatic relations between the Pakistani government and Hamdullah Mohib, the country’s national security adviser, saying that the national security adviser on behalf of Afghanistan had emphasized on the issue of bloodshed and progress in peace, both of which were of concern to the Afghan people and government.
In Atmar’s view, the current state of international relations is not one that has been created specifically for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and he regrets it, but the Afghan government will not allow this to impede cooperation between the two governments.
The senior diplomat insisted that preparations were underway for President Ghani to visit the United States, and that the Afghan and US State Ministries were working on that.
Following a speech by Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan’s national security adviser in Nangarhar province, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced that his country had severed diplomatic relations with Afghanistan’s national security adviser.