Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the way towards reduction in violence in Afghanistan lay in progress in the ongoing intra-Afghan dialogue with Afghans working together to secure a political settlement.
Qureshi, who was talking to Speaker of Afghanistan’s House of Representatives Mir Rahman Rahmani, on Saturday, said that Afghans have a “historic opportunity” to work together and secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.
“Progress in the intra-Afghan negotiations would help in reduction in violence leading to a ceasefire,” he said.
He also stressed the importance of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), noting that the mechanism provided the best platform to address all relevant issues.
The foreign minister also said there were enormous opportunities for trade and economic cooperation between the two countries which should be optimally utilised.
Rahmani also met Sadiq Sanjrani, chairman of the Senate of Pakistan. The parliamentary delegates exchanged views on topics of mutual interests including regional peace and economic cooperation.