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Atmar, Qureshi discuss Afghan peace in Niamey

Atmar, Qureshi Discuss Afghan Peace Process in Niamey

KABUL – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Hanif Atmar had a bilateral meeting with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on Afghan peace process and measures to further strengthen Afghanistan-Pakistan bilateral relations.
Pakistan’s FM Qureshi extended condolences to his Afghan counterpart over recent terrorist attacks in Kabul and Bamiyan and reiterated Pakistan’s condemnation of terrorism in all forms and manifestations.
The Foreign Minister also stressed the importance of reduction in violence leading to ceasefire to save lives and advance peace efforts.
Referring to the recent successful visit of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan to Kabul, the Foreign Minister conveyed that Pakistan remained committed to deepening bilateral cooperation in diverse fields. Qureshi underlined that the understandings reached during the visit and the ‘Shared Vision’ issued by the two sides will help take this process forward.
Reiterating Pakistan’s steadfast commitment to the Afghan peace process, the Foreign Minister conveyed that Pakistan will continue to facilitate the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process. Noting the recent progress in Intra-Afghan negotiations, he also emphasized the need to remain vigilant about the role of ‘spoilers’ who did not wish to see return of peace in the region.
Qureshi stressed that peace negotiations represented a historic opportunity, which must be seized by the Afghan leadership to establish enduring peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.
Qureshi also underlined the need to utilize the tremendous potential in the economic and commercial fields which could be exploited by securing peace in Afghanistan and enhancing regional connectivity.
The Foreign Minister further underscored that the Afghan peace process offered the opportunity for return of Afghan refugees to their homeland with dignity and honor.
Appreciating Pakistan’s sincere efforts in support of the Afghan peace process, Hanif Atmar expressed gratitude for Imran Khan’s visit to Kabul and its important outcomes. He also thanked Qureshi for his participation in the Geneva Conference and reaffirmation of Pakistan’s support for reconstruction and economic development of Afghanistan.
While reaffirming resolve to closely follow-up on Imran Khan’s visit to Kabul, the two Foreign Ministers agreed to pursue cooperation in relevant fields under the agreed mechanism of APAPPS.
(Sahar News)

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