Pakistan welcomes positive development in Afghan peace process
In a press release issued by Pakistan’s foreign office, it was stated that “We hope that it will lead to intra-Afghan negotiations and ultimately to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. Pakistan encourages all parties to the conflict to engage constructively as a shared responsibility.”
It continued, “Pakistan has always maintained that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. An inclusive peace and reconciliation process, involving all segments of the Afghan society, is the only practical way forward.”
Pakistan’s statements came after US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Wednesday (Dec 4) in an attempt to breathe new life into efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, the US State Department has said. His next stop will be Doha, where he is due to rejoin talks with Taliban negotiators to discuss steps that could lead to a ceasefire and a settlement to the war in, according to a State Department statement.
“Ambassador Khalilzad will rejoin talks with the Taliban to discuss steps that could lead to intra-Afghan negotiations and a peaceful settlement of the war, specifically a reduction in violence that leads to a ceasefire,” the statement said.