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Peace in Afghanistan shared responsibility: Pak FM

Islamabad, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi says Pakistan alone could not bring peace to Afghanistan as it is a shared responsibility of regional countries, including Iran, India, Tajikistan and China.

Speaking in the National Assembly, he said that although Pakistan is committed to facilitate a negotiated end to the 17yearold Afghan war, it could not do the task alone and that other regional countries needed to play their part.

'Since India is present in Afghanistan, its cooperation in this regard will also be required,' said Qureshi.

The foreign minister informed the lower house that a number of meetings for peace in Afghanistan had already taken place in Doha (Qatar) and the United Arab Emirates.

He said a consensus and convergence have evolved at the international level for a political settlement of the Afghan issue.

The foreign minister said US president Donald Trump in a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan had asked Pakistan to help and facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan which he said Pakistan was already doing.

The US special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, had also visited Pakistan thrice in this regard, he noted.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA


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