Pak-UK PMs Discuss Afghan Peace Process

Kabul: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday held a telephonic conversation with the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and exchanged views on the current trajectory of bilateral relations, the Afghan peace process, COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

On Afghanistan, Khan reiterated Pakistan’s support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process. The prime minister reiterated his longstanding stance that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and that a negotiated political solution was the only way forward.

Underscoring the importance of a responsible withdrawal, Khan apprised his British counterpart of Pakistan’s ongoing efforts to support the Afghan peace process, as part of a shared responsibility.

Meanwhile, even Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan is playing an active role of a facilitator for peace in Afghanistan and the country’s stance has been acknowledged that there is no military solution to the conflict.

In fact, Pakistan’s Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that he had successful meetings with more than 100 politicians and other dignitaries, including members of Congress, Senators, Governors and various Mayors during his recent visit to the US.

The Governor said that he apprised them about Pakistan’s role in the Afghan peace process under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said he was glad that the US was finally acknowledging Pakistan’s efforts for Afghan peace process, regional peace and stability.

Afghanistan’s other regional partner, China, too emphasized on better cooperation. “The China-Pakistan-Afghan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue has become an important platform for the three sides to enhance understanding, deepen mutual trust and cooperation,” said Cheng Xizhong, visiting professor at Southwest University of Political Science and Law and former defence attache in the South Asian countries.

The Fourth China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue on Afghanistan’s Peace and Reconciliation Process was held via video link on June 3.

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