Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday (April 30) while addressing the seventh round of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Track-II Dialogue in Islamabad said that peace in Afghanistan is imperative for regional connectivity, and the Afghan people have to decide their future themselves.
“I have visited different countries and held meetings with the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad to find a way for peace in the neighbouring country,” he added. “Pakistan-Afghanistan Track-II Dialogue between Pakistan and Afghanistan is an important forum as it is our priority to have cordial ties with Afghanistan.”
Inviting Kabul to build a new future and make a new beginning, the foreign minister said: “Pakistan and Afghanistan have a shared future. Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace will have to be implemented to get help for trust building.” “Afghanistan is Pakistan’s major trading partner, and the two countries do trade through rail and road.”
“Over 50,000 Afghans have studied in Pakistani educational institutes and are now working in the public and private sector in Afghanistan. “We extended 6,000 fully-funded scholarships to Afghan students. To encourage female education, we [allocated] 100 seats to female candidates form Afghanistan,” he continued.
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17 August, 2019