Afghan Peace possible when all stakeholders sit together: FM Qureshi

03:43 PM | 13 Jul, 2021
Afghan Peace possible when all stakeholders sit together: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Tuesday said that peace in Afghanistan, ravaged by decades of war, will only be possible when all stakeholders sit together and negotiate.

Qureshi, who is in Dushanbe to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization conference, spoke to a private news channel earlier today. Responding to the current situation in the war-torn country, he said “Peace in Afghanistan will only be possible if all the parties sit together and talk. Don’t repeat the mistakes of the past, and let’s find a solution together”.

Foreign Minister also announced a meeting with his Afghan counterpart on the sidelines of the SCO summit. “We too want peace in Afghanistan and I would try to understand how we can help them”.

“I would ask the Afghan counterpart for how long are they going to keep blaming outsiders to halt peace process”. Qureshi also mentioned that “I want to present my country’s narrative on the situation and benefit from their assessment.”

He went on to say that “I have meetings scheduled with the foreign ministers of Uzbekistan, Kirgizstan, Afghanistan, Russia, and China today”, he revealed that these are states who are not only monitoring the Afghan situation closely but also has a role to play in making things right.”

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