Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi received a call from his Afghan counterpart Hanif Atmar on Sunday and discussed the developments in the Afghan peace process.
Highlighting Pakistan’s abiding interest in a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Qureshi underscored Pakistan’s consistent policy to enhance bilateral relations and facilitate the Afghan peace process. Pakistan’s facilitative support led to U.S.-Taliban Peace Agreement and subsequent Intra-Afghan Negotiations.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed the hope that Afghan parties would work constructively to achieve shared objective of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.
On the U.S. announcement to withdraw forces, the Foreign Minister reiterated Pakistan’s consistent policy to support an orderly and responsible withdrawal of foreign troops. He hoped that the withdrawal of foreign troops would coincide with the progress in the peace process.
FM Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to deepen bilateral ties in all areas of mutual interest. With a view to continuing close consultations, the Foreign Minister invited his Afghan counterpart to visit Pakistan after the meeting in Istanbul. The Afghan Foreign Minister accepted the invitation.