Islamabad (December 15, 2018): Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has departed for Kabul today, Saturday, to hold talks with Afghan leadership on political reconciliation and durable peace in Afghanistan and to attend the second round of Pakistan-Afghanistan-China trilateral dialogue in Kabul today.
Earlier on December 11, speaking in the National Assembly, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called for a political settlement of Afghan issue through an intra Afghan reconciliation process.
He said that a consensus and convergence have evolved on the international level for a political settlement of the Afghan issue.
He said the United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Afghan Taliban have unanimous views to sit together to look forward to a political settlement.Regarding, Pakistan’s initiative to open Kartarpur corridor, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said it was the long pending issue since 1988. He expressed the hope the Indian government will also review its policy in Kashmir and facilitate people living on both sides of the Line of control to meet each other.
On December 08 (Saturday) addressing a news conference in Multan, he said that Pakistan is committed to Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.
The Foreign Minister said that it is the robustness of Pakistan’s foreign policy that the United States has sought Pakistan’s cooperation in resolution of the Afghan conflict.The minister was of the view that Pakistan’s foreign policy was moving on a positive trajectory based on national interest and self-reliance.
Earlier, Qureshi had reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for the Afghan peace process in his meeting with US Special Envoy for Afghan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad — the United States special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 17-year old war.
“Pakistan will continue to cooperate with sincerity for a political settlement in Afghanistan. Long-lasting peace in Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s best interest,” Qureshi had tweeted after his meeting with the visiting US special envoy.On Thursday, Prime Minister Imran Khan, in an interview with The Washington Post, expressed his desire to have “a proper relationship with the US” akin to Islamabad’s ties with China rather than the one “where Pakistan is treated like a hired gun”.
Furthermore, Qureshi said the prime minister has expressed satisfaction over the performance of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the first hundred days of the PTI government.