ISLAMABAD – The president’s special envoy for regional consensus on Afghan peace met Pakistani foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in Islamabad on Tuesday, wherein Qureshi promised to help end bloodshed in Afghanistan.
Mohammad Umer Daudzai conveyed President Ghani’s greetings to the Pakistani leadership and expressed Afghanistan’s strong desire to work closely with Pakistan in all areas of mutual interest, a statement issued by the Pakistan’s Foreign Office said.
The special envoy also relayed deep appreciation of the sincerity and vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan for peace and stability in Pakistan, the press release added.
Daudzai acknowledged the fact that Qureshi visited Kabul thrice within a span of four months which was a clear proof of Pakistan’s strong support for Afghanistan.
The Pakistani foreign minister welcomed Daudzai and assured him of Pakistan’s commitment to peace in the region.
He said stability in Afghanistan was in Pakistan’s own national interest, and necessary for economic development and prosperity in the region.
Qureshi highlighted the growing global view that the suffering of the Afghan people needs to be brought to an end through a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
He assured the envoy that Pakistan would do all to help the people of Afghanistan see the earliest possible end to bloodshed and enter a new phase of peace and prosperity.
The Afghan special envoy noted that the two countries had a unique relationship marked by commonalities and similarity of interests.
He stressed that the relationship needed to be utilized to its fullest through various bilateral cooperation mechanisms.
He communicated the Afghan government’s strong desire to take maximum advantage of the Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) in all areas of cooperation.
Daudzai noted that enhancing bilateral trade and economic activities and more regular cultural and people-to-people contacts was the need of the hour, according to the FO statement.
To this end, both sides agreed to regularly exchange high-level visits and recognized that the brotherly feelings between the two people owing to historical bonds must be harnessed to usher in a new era in Pak-Afghan relations.