Antalya Diplomacy Forum: Peace in Afghanistan must for regional prosperity: FM Qureshi

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ANTALYA, Turkey: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that peace in Afghanistan will bring stability, economic prosperity, and regional connectivity.

In a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Hanif Atmar held on June 19, 2021 on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF) in Turkey, Qureshi underlined that close coordination is essential to further advance the Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral relations and the Afghan peace process.

The foreign minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s consistent policy towards Afghanistan to strengthen bilateral relations in all areas and achieve a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

Qureshi reiterated that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and expressed hope that Afghan leadership would realize the importance of the occasion and workout a negotiated political settlement.

The foreign minister also underlined the need to engage through agreed diplomatic channels instead of the public blame game, which only serves to vitiate the environment and strengthens the hand of spoilers.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi reaffirmed the importance of utilizing the relevant forums including the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) to address all bilateral issues.

Highlighting the importance of border sustenance markets, the foreign minister remarked that the project would contribute to the economic uplift of people living in border areas of the two Countries.

Qureshi urged the Afghan side to expedite its early finalization.

The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated his invitation to the Afghan Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar for a bilateral visit to Pakistan.

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