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Qureshi: Intra-Afghan Talks Vital for Afghan Peace

KABUL – Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday said intra-Afghan dialogue was vital to ensure sustainable peace in Afghanistan.
In a meeting with Acting Foreign Minister Muhammad Hanif Atmar, Qureshi said Pakistan would continue to play reconciliatory role in the Afghan peace process. Qureshi expressed satisfaction that Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Stability (APAPPS) was moving forward successfully.
The meeting focused on bilateral ties, the Afghan peace process, law and regional situation. He said Pakistan wished a dignified return of Afghan refugees in Pakistan and mentioned that in view of facilitating the Afghan visitors, the government of Pakistan had launched a new visa policy.
FM Qureshi said Pakistan had always been a staunch supporter of Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process for lasting peace in Afghanistan. He recalled that the recent visits of high-level Afghan delegations including Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Afghan leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Speaker of the Afghan Wolesi Jirga Rehman Rahmani, would pave way towards further mutual understanding between the two countries. During the meeting, various issues of mutual interest including bilateral relations, the Afghan peace process and regional situation.
Hanif Atmar, meanwhile, appreciated Pakistan’s sincere efforts in the Afghan peace process and for taking practical steps for further strengthening of bilateral relations. Pakistani PM’s Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, Director General Inter-Services Intelligence Lt Gen Faiz Hameed and Pakistan’s Special Representative on Afghanistan Muhammad Sadiq were also present.
(Sahar News)

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