US-Pak share a common goal in Afghanistan; FM Qureshi

FM Qureshi, Punjab governor discuss political matters

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ISLAMABAD/ WASHINGTONForeign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday said that Pakistan has always emphasized the political solution to the Afghan problem as lasting peace in Afghanistan can’t be achieved with military force.

 

FM Qureshi tweeted, Pakistan and the United States share a common goal in Afghanistan, to establish a lasting peace, which cannot be achieved through military might. Pakistan has always sought a political solution and together we are closer to that goal today than ever before.

 

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed that Pakistan and the US has initiated a new chapter in bilateral relations with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s official visit and today the two countries are closer than ever to achieve peace goals.

 

Meanwhile, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar called on Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi at the foreign office, Islamabad. During the meeting, Punjab governor informed FM Qureshi about the ongoing developmental works in South Punjab.

 

Both leaders also exchanged views on the political and party matters. The Punjab governor congratulated the foreign minister on the successful US visit. Earlier on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government ended Pakistan’s diplomatic isolation in the world and laid the foundation for a new era in Pak-US ties.

Talking to journalists, FM Qureshi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the US opened a new chapter of cooperation between the two countries.

 

He said that the US acknowledged PM Imran’s vision and moved towards a political resolution of the Afghan conflict. The foreign minister said that over 41 US Congress members became the part of Pakistan’s narrative during the visit. He said, PM Imran Khan effectively presented Pakistan’s narrative during  his meetings with US President Donald Trump at the White House.

FM Qureshi said that they held dialogues with the US leadership on the basis of equality.

 

At the same time, the US State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus has termed the talks between Prime Minister Imran Khan and the United States President Donald Trump as successful.  Briefing the media in Washington, she said this was the first meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Trump, and now it is time to build upon that successful meeting.

 

The meetings of the president and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with PM Imran Khan helped build a personal connection and rapport. The spokesperson recalled that PM Imran Khan, during the meeting with President Trump, vowed to urge the Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan government.

 

 I would note one of the things that the prime minister says that he vowed to urge the Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan Government. We are committed to peace in Afghanistan. We think that was an important step, she stated. To a question related to the return of American hostages, Ortagus said we are working closely with Pakistan to secure a safe return of US citizens held hostage abroad.

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