Multiple contracts to be signed during Saudi crown prince’s visit: FO

India has no role in Afghanistan, FO says

Khalid Mehmood January 17, 2019
India has no role in Afghanistan, FO clarifies. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday said that multiple contracts are expected to be signed between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia during the upcoming visit of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Addressing the weekly briefing, FO Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said dates for the upcoming visit are currently under consideration and will be decided soon.

The spokesperson added that Prime Minister Imran Khan will embark on a two-day visit to Qatar on January 21.

Referring to the 18-year-old Afghan conflict, the FO reiterated that Pakistan is extending all support for resolution of the conflict.

India has no role in Afghanistan, FO spokesperson said and added that Deputy Assistant to US president Donald Trump Lisa Curtis' recent visit to Pakistan was also a part of the Afghan reconciliation process.

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"Pakistan has helped the US and Taliban during negotiations," and that Intra-Afghan dialogue is necessary for resolution of the Afghan conflict.

Special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad will meet FO officials today, the spokesperson further said.

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"Indian forces want to divert attention from Kashmir by engaging in firing on the Working Boundary and Line of Control," said Faisal while referring to India brutalities in occupied Kashmir.

Indian actions continuously a violation of ceasefire, FO spokesperson reiterated.

Referring to the recent confinement of a Pakistani diplomat in New Delhi, the FO maintained it was a violation of the Vienna Convention.

Both the countries should tackle such matters through dialogue, the spokesperson added.


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