Afghan Peace Process Stands at a ‘Defining Junction’: Pakistani FM at Dushanbe Conference

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told participants of the Heart of Asia Conference on Tuesday the Afghan peace process is at a “defining junction” and Afghanistan has never been so “close to turning the tide”.

“As we gather here today, the Afghan peace process stands at a defining junction,” said Qureshi while addressing the ninth Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) in Dushanbe, Tajikstan.

The Pakistan’s foreign minister is leading a Pakistani delegation comprising Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood, Pakistan’s Ambassador in Tajikistan Imran Haider and senior officers of the country’s Foreign Office.

“Having faced conflict and instability for over 40 years, Afghanistan has never been so close to turning the tide,” Pakistan’s top diplomat continued in his address.

The Pakistani foreign minister recalled how the Afghan parties gathering in Doha in September 2020 was a milestone that had occurred after the US-Taliban peace agreement was signed in February 2020.

“The progress made, thus far, has indeed created a historic opportunity for the Afghan leadership to achieve an inclusive broad-based comprehensive negotiated political settlement,” said Qureshi.

He added the world had acknowledged that there was no military solution for Afghanistan, adding that this belief is needed to continue to guide the Afghan parties and the international community.

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