Pakistan cautions Afghanistan to remain vigilant against ‘spoilers’ of peace



Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with his Afghan counterpart Hanif Atmar on Friday and exchanged views on matters of mutual interest, including Pak-Afghan bilateral relations and latest status of Afghan peace process.

The Foreign Office said in a statement that the two foreign ministers also exchanged greetings and good wishes on the eve of Nowruz.

Reiterating Pakistan’s consistent support to the Afghan reconciliation process, FM Qureshi underlined that the intra-Afghan dialogue provided historic opportunity to achieve an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement in the neighbouring war-torn country.

The foreign minister urged all Afghan parties to work constructively for the shared objective of a stable and peaceful country. He underscored the need to remain cognisant of the challenges and impediments on the way, which could be overcome through patience, perseverance and persistence, the official statement added.

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Foreign Minister Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve to facilitate all efforts for a negotiated political settlement and in this context also underlined the importance of exercising vigilance against the role of “spoilers”.

In the bilateral context, he reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to forge closer cooperation with Afghanistan in all fields.

He highlighted the importance of APAPPS as a vital platform to carry forward the bilateral cooperation on key tracks. The foreign minister also emphasised the need for early conclusion of talks relating to the APTTA (Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement).

Qureshi extended invitation to Foreign Minister Atmar to visit Pakistan at the earliest convenience, the communiqué said.

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