ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will continue to play a supportive role for the progress and successful outcome of peace efforts aimed at ending Afghanistan’s nearly 18-year war, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Thursday.
He was talking to US special representative for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, who called on the foreign minister in Islamabad ahead of his visit to Doha for talks with the Afghan Taliban.
The US envoy during the meeting with Qureshi shared the outcomes of the 7th round of US-Taliban talks in the Qatari capital and his recent engagements in Kabul. Khalilzad had termed his latest visit to Afghanistan as the “most productive” since he took up the office of the special representative.
Foreign Minister Qureshi “welcomed the progress achieved in the talks and the Intra-Afghan Peace Conference in Doha in which all participants agreed upon a basic roadmap”, a Foreign Office press release said.
It was noted during the meeting that ultimately, the intra-Afghan dialogue would be vital to reach an agreement that brings peace and stability to Afghanistan.
Qureshi told Khalilzadad that Pakistan will continue to play its supportive role for “smooth progress and successful outcome” of the peace efforts.
“It was also stressed that taking the Afghan peace process forward remained a shared responsibility,” the FO statement said.
The US envoy also held a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan during his visit.