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PublishDate: Saturday, March 13, 2021 15:16

Pakistan welcomes new US plan for peace in Afghanistan

Mansoor Ahmad Khan, Pakistan's ambassador to Kabul, said in an interview with Mashaal Radio that the process, which the United States had planned was aimed at advancing a political solution of the Afghan conflict.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_He called the role of the Afghan warring parties in the peace talks crucial and important. Ahmad Khan added: "We believe that this plan has a comprehensive framework for inter-Afghan talks. It includes the political future of Afghanistan, the #political_structure and end of war through a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire."

Mansoor Ahmad Khan said that Pakistan had hosted not only the Taliban but all Afghans over the past five years, but stressed that Islamabad did not have enough influence over the Taliban leaders to put pressure on them. The #Pakistani_ambassador said that Pakistan had also been invited to the upcoming meetings in Turkey and Russia to discuss peace in Afghanistan and noted that the country would take an active part in it.
In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press, former president Hamid Karzai has said that talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban should continue until the parties reach an outcome at the Istanbul summit. #Karzai also called on the international community to make responsible decisions for ending or continuing its military presence in Afghanistan.

"It's very important for the United States and its allies to act responsibly while talking any decision about foreign troops’ presence in Afghanistan," Karzai said, "We need to carefully consider the needs of the Afghan people."
Meanwhile, the US Secretary of State says the United States wants to expand the role of Afghanistan's neighbors and the United Nations in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan, but Anthony Blinken also noted that the United States has so far not made final decision on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.

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