Afghan president’s special envoy for regional consensus on Afghan peace met Pakistani Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad on Tuesday.


Afghan president’s special envoy for regional consensus on Afghan peace met Pakistani Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad on Tuesday.
During the meeting, Mohammad Umer Daudzai conveyed President Ashraf 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 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, according to Dawn.
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”.

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.
The US Special representative for Afghan peace Zalmay Khalilzad in his fourth round of trip to the region will visit Islamabad in a bid to pave the ground for talks between Taliban and Afghan government.


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