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Pak FM, Afghan politician discuss peace process

IANS | January 12, 2021 03:18 PM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday held talks with leader of Afghanistan's Hezb-e-Wahdat-e Islami party Karim Khalili in Islamabad on the war-torn country's peace process.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad said that Khalili, a former Vice President, arrived in Pakistan on a three-day visit on Monday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Qureshi described the progress in intra-Afghan negotiations currently underway in Qatar to decide a future political roadmap as "good omen", according to the statement.

"It has been Pakistan's long standing stance that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict. A comprehensive negotiated political settlement is the only solution acceptable to the Afghan leadership, " the statement quoted Qureshi as saying.

He said Pakistan will welcome decisions at the negotiations among Afghans and said intra-Afghan dialogue is a unique opportunity for the Kabul leadership to bring peace to the country.

"We believe that peace in Afghanistan is linked to peace and stability in the region, " he said.

Qureshi told Khalili that Pakistan is taking measures to promote bilateral trade and has also introduced a liberal visa policy for Afghan nationals.

Khalili appreciated Pakistan's role in the Afghan peace process, according to the statement.

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