COAS, Russian envoy discuss Afghan peace process

Gen Bajwa tells Kabulov peace in both countries in greater interest of the region


Our Correspondent February 19, 2021
During the meeting, COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and Russian envoy Zamir Kabulov discussed matters of mutual interest, regional security, particularly developments in the Afghan peace process. PHOTO: ISPR

ISLAMABAD:

On a day-long visit to Pakistan, Russian Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan Ambassador Zamir Kabulov called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday.

During the meeting, the officials discussed matters of mutual interest, regional security, particularly developments in the Afghan peace process.

The COAS told the envoy that peace in both the countries was in the greater interest of the region.

The visiting dignitary appreciated the positive role being played by Pakistan for the Afghan peace process and expressed that, "Pak-Russia relations will continue to prosper manifolds."

Both the sides reiterated their commitment to enhance bilateral relationship.

Earlier in the day, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri had informed of Kabulov's arrival in Islamabad for a day.

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President Putin's envoy was also scheduled to meet Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and other government officials.

As per the FO spokesperson, Kabulov was also to meet his Pakistani counterpart, Muhammad Sadiq.

The spokesperson further stated that the Afghan reconciliatory process, latest developments in the region and bilateral relations will be discussed during the meetings.

He added that the visit was part of the country's contacts with other countries regarding the process.

The visit of Kabulov is part of Pakistan’s diplomatic outreach in support of the Afghan peace process.

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The development comes a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated his conviction that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and that a negotiated political settlement is the only way forward.

He expressed these views during a meeting with Ahmad Wali Massoud, Head of Massoud Foundation, Afghanistan, who called on him in Islamabad on Thursday.

Pakistan has a key role in brokering and facilitating the peace process, and has been emphasising that there is no military solution to the lingering war in Afghanistan.