Afghan leader Dr Abdullah Abdullah meets President Arif Alvi in Islamabad today (Wednesday).
President Dr Arif Alvi reaffirmed Pakistan’s support to Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.
Afghan leader Dr Abdullah Abdullah meets President Arif Alvi
While talking to Chairman High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan Dr Abdullah Abdullah, he emphasized there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.
He reiterated a politically negotiated settlement as the only way forward.
President Arif Alvi noted that Pakistan’s contribution to the peace process has been appreciated by the international community.
Furthermore, he called commencement of Intra-Afghan Negotiations in Doha a watershed.
He stressed that the Afghan leadership must seize this historic opportunity to work together constructively and secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.
Pakistan will stand-by the decisions of the Afghan nation for their future
President Alvi reaffirmed that Pakistan will stand-by the decisions made by the Afghan nation with regard to the future of Afghanistan.
The President also underlined the need for remaining vigilant against the spoilers, who do not wish to see return of peace in the region.
He said peace in Afghanistan is essential for Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as the region, to realize their economic potential.
He said Pakistan had opened border crossing-points to facilitate Afghan transit trade despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President emphasised the two countries should work together to enhance trade, transit and people-to-people exchanges.
Moreover, he said that Pakistan has completed a number of development projects in Afghanistan.
They include hospitals, schools, hostels and road network. He said Pakistan would be willing to extend more opportunities for Afghan students in higher education.