Perpetual peace imperative for economic development: FM

Pakistan seeks EU’s support on rehabilitation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan

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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad met Friday and discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of foreign troops.

In a meeting held on the sidelines of Central and South Asia Coordination Conference in Tashkent, the foreign minister said Pakistan considered peace in Afghanistan essential for the region’s economic development and stability.

He said Pakistan would continue to play its conciliatory role for peace in Afghanistan.

“The future of Afghanistan is to be decided by the Afghans themselves,” he said.

Qureshi said Pakistan would support an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led political settlement through comprehensive dialogue among the stakeholders.

It is pertinent to highlight that, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday called upon the European Union (EU) and international community to support Pakistan in the rehabilitation of Afghan refugees.

The prime minister stated this in a meeting with Josep Borrell, European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission, on the sidelines of Tashkent conference held on regional connectivity.

The Prime Minister highlighted Pakistan’s vital contributions to the Afghan peace process and intra-Afghan negotiations.

He stressed that the conflict could only be settled through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political process leading to a comprehensive negotiated political settlement.

The prime minister emphasized the importance of continued engagement of international community following the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan to facilitate lasting peace.

He expressed concern over the worsening situation in Afghanistan and its negative impact on the security situation of Pakistan.

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