PM Imran, President Rahmon to bring Taliban, Tajiks closer: Fawad

Information minister says peace in Afghanistan is vital for entire region


APP September 18, 2021
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry is addressing a press conference in Islamabad on July 27. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD:

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chauhdry said on Saturday that peace in Afghanistan would be in the interest of not only the Taliban but people of the entire region.

Fawad said Prime Minister Imran Khan and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon are ready to play a role in bringing the Taliban and Tajiks closer. President Rahmon, he said, was respected by Tajiks around the world.

Fawad said efforts would be made for giving Tajiks representation in the new Afghan government.

During a meeting with Prime Minister Imran, the Tajik president expressed keen interest in bringing the two factions closer, the minister said.

The announcement of talks with the Taliban, he said, was a historic step.

It would not be easy for the Taliban to include in the government the groups that have been fighting with them for decades, said the minister.

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The two factions must work together to find a lasting solution to Afghanistan’s problems, the minister said, adding that socio-economic recovery was an important factor for peace and security in the region.

The Tajik president and PM Imran have vowed to work together for peace, stability and security in the region, especially in Afghanistan, Fawad added.

Earlier in the day, PM Imran said that he had initiated a dialogue with the Taliban for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan which would include Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks.

The premier took to his official Twitter handle to make the announcement and said he took the step after lengthy discussions with Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon and meetings with other heads of state of countries bordering Afghanistan.

"After 40 years of conflict, this inclusivity will ensure peace and a stable Afghanistan," he wrote, adding that this would be in the interest of not only Afghanistan but the entire region.

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