Pakistan hails Iran’s efforts for Afghan peace

FO hopes Afghan parties would achieve 'inclusive, broad-based, comprehensive political settlement'.


APP July 10, 2021
Foreign Office Spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri. PHOTO: APP/FILE

ISLAMABAD:

Pakistan on Friday welcomed Iran’s engagement with the Taliban and the Afghan government delegation to sort out a peaceful solution for the conflict-hit country after the pullout of American troops.

“Pakistan welcomes Iran’s engagement with Afghan parties to achieve a negotiated political settlement,”

Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said in response to queries by media persons about the visit of Taliban and Afghan government delegations to Tehran.

The spokesperson said Pakistan considered the role of Iran in Afghan peace process as important. “Iran, like Pakistan, is a neighbouring country of Afghanistan and host to millions of Afghans refugees,” he added.

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He hoped that the Afghan parties would seize the opportunity and achieve an “inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement”.

Tehran recently hosted the first significant peace talks in months in a previously unannounced meeting that comes as US forces leave.

The high-level peace talks between the Afghan sides follow months-old discussions in Qatar that have been stalled by a diplomatic impasse and escalating violence.

A joint statement released after the talks on Thursday said the Afghan government and Taliban agreed that “war is not the solution to the Afghanistan problem” and that all efforts must be director toward achieving a peaceful political solution.

The two sides also agreed to continue talks on the specific mechanisms of achieving lasting peace.

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