FM Qureshi meets Afghan Taliban delegation in Islamabad

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday, met with Afghan Taliban delegation in Islamabad to discuss issues pertaining to Afghan peace process and regional peace and stability.

The Afghan Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar met with FM Qureshi in the federal capital on Tuesday to mull over Afghan peace process.

During the meeting the two sides agreed upon the fact that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict and that a political settlement was the only way forward.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated Prime Minister Imran Khan’s principle stance that peace and stability in Afghanistan can only be achieved via dialogue and negotiations.

“The Foreign Minister emphasized the implementation of the U.S.-Taliban Peace Agreement, in its entirety, paving the way for the earliest possible commencement of Intra-Afghan Negotiations. The Foreign Minister also cautioned against ‘spoilers’ who did not wish to see return of peace in the region,” read the press-release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Furthermore, Shah Mahmood Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s contributions and role in reconciliation process that resulted in the signing of historic US-Taliban peace Agreement back in February this year.

Meanwhile Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar thanked the Foreign Minister for the invitation and affirmed support for efforts for peace, security and development in Afghanistan.

The delegation also expressed its gratitude government and people of Pakistan for their consistent support to the people of Afghanistan, including for graciously hosting Afghan refugees for over four decades.