Pakistan, Iran share views on Afghan peace

The Nation  |  Jun 25, 2021

ISLAMABAD    -    Pakistan and Iran yesterday expressed identical views on the resolution of Afghan issue and peace in the war-torn country. Iran’s Special Envoy of Foreign Minister for Afghanistan Ebrahim Taherian Fard called on Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi here to discuss the Afghan issue amid foreign troops withdraw.  “During the meeting, views were exchanged on the Afghan peace process, regional security and issues of mutual interest,” said a foreign ministry statement. The Foreign Minister highlighted salient aspects of Pakistan’s consistent policy on Afghanistan. Emphasizing that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister underscored that only a negotiated political settlement, through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political process, would help achieve the desired objective of sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan. Qureshi expressed concern on high level of violence and emphasized the need for reduction in violence leading to corresponding ceasefire. 

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