Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has left for Turkey on two day official visit to attend the Heart of Asia Conference in Istanbul.
He will interact with local and international media and present Pakistan’s point of view on different regional and international issues. At the conference, the Foreign Minister will inform about the Afghan peace process and the steps taken by Pakistan for stability in the region.
Earlier, Pakistan has welcomed the resumption of United States and Afghan Taliban peace talks and expressed hope that resumption of talks will to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. In a press release issued by Pakistan’s foreign office, it was stated that “We hope that it will lead to intra-Afghan negotiations and ultimately to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. Pakistan encourages all parties to the conflict to engage constructively as a shared responsibility.”
It continued, “Pakistan has always maintained that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. An inclusive peace and reconciliation process, involving all segments of the Afghan society, is the only practical way forward.”
Pakistan’s statements came after US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday (Dec 4) in an attempt to breathe new life into efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, the US State Department has said. His next stop will be Doha, where he is due to rejoin talks with Taliban negotiators to discuss steps that could lead to a ceasefire and a settlement to the war in, according to a State Department statement.
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