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Pakistan will Continue to Establish Peace in the Region: FO

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Sunday told the United States that it would continue to play its role as a mediator for the establishment of peace in the region. A high-level consultative meeting between Pakistan and the United States was held at the Foreign Relations Office (FO), with the United States delegation headed by Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, Radio Pakistan reported.
The Pakistani delegation was headed by the additional secretary, Aftab Khokhar, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). The two sides discussed issues of mutual interest, including bilateral ties, the regional peace situation and the Afghan peace process.
The Pakistani delegation also reported that all parties should focus on achieving a political resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan.
According to a press release issued by the United States Department of State, the special envoy would travel to Afghanistan, Belgium, Germany, Pakistan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates from May 31 to June 16, 2019.
In Pakistan, Khalilzad is also scheduled to hold meetings with the country’s civilian and military leaders to discuss the progress made in the Afghan peace process.
“It will work to achieve international support for the Afghan peace process … and it will strive to ensure that any peace agreement reached is sustainable,” the statement said.
Khalilzad will continue talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar. “In Kabul, Special Representative Khalilzad will consult with the Afghan government and other Afghans, including representatives of civil society and women’s rights groups, to encourage all parties to work towards intra-Afghan negotiations that will lead to a final agreement peace”.
Before his arrival, Khalilzad held the meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the ICO summit in Makkah.
In a tweet, he said the meeting “will improve relations between the two countries and help implement and capitalize on opportunities for regional connectivity, integration and development.”
Previously, he launched on Twitter to announce his latest tour and said there had been “substantial progress over the last month.”
“After two weeks in Washington, I am back on the road, we have made substantial progress in the last month,” he shared. “On this trip, I want to take advantage of that momentum and accelerate the peace process in Afghanistan.”
Khalilzad said he was focusing specifically on integrating regional and international support for peace and would try to bring to conclusion the “first two parts of our peace framework.” “We are moving forward, I am an optimist, success will require other parties to show flexibility.”
Meanwhile, Khalilzad reacted to the statement of Taliban leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada and said he provided “well-received support for the Afghan process.”
“Eid’s statement by the Taliban leader provides positive support for the Afghan peace process,” he said in a Twitter post.
He believed that the statement also reflected the group’s desire to participate in the dialogue with other Afghans and in a final political agreement that would require sharing power. However, he said that at the same time, the “grandiloquent tone” of the statement was unnecessary, which “only serves to complicate and disrupt as we move forward in the peace talks.”
In addition, he said that the statement suggested that the United States was seeking violence. “We do not.” The level of violence in Afghanistan is unacceptable and we have no desire to perpetuate it, “he said.
The US envoy is on a mission to accelerate the peace process in Afghanistan, since the war in the country enters its 19th year. He has held a series of meetings with Pakistani leaders as part of Washington’s renewed drive to bring the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table.
The latest push for peace came after President Donald Trump wrote a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, seeking Pakistan’s help for a negotiated solution to the Afghan conflict.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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