Taliban insurgents ousted Kabul on Sunday following the collapse of the US-backed Afghan government and ousted President Ashraf Ghani, ending an unprecedented two-decade campaign in which the US and its allies they had tried to transform the nation that had been destroyed by the war.
“Pakistan is very clear in our position: we believe that a settled political settlement is the only way forward. We do not want the cycle of civil war to continue and we want the people of Afghanistan to prosper and not just survive,” he wrote. Shearing on Twitter. a meeting here with a political delegation of Afghan leaders led by former Vice President Mohammad Yunas Kanouni.
Pakistan is very clear in our position: we believe that political negotiation is the only way forward… https://t.co/PzbtG3oYsF
– Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) 1629100939000
Expressing the hope that all Afghan leaders will work together for the supreme national interest of their country, he assured
Pakistan will continue to play a constructive and facilitating role in Afghanistan.
“The international community must remain committed to Afghanistan,” Qureshi said, stressing the importance of “closely coordinating our next steps” for the benefit of Afghanistan and the region.
“There is a clear international convergence in support of the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan and it is vital for all world leaders to unite for a comprehensive and inclusive political settlement in the country,” Qureshi said.
He said the meeting with the political delegation of Afghan leaders led by Qanooni, who all have a vital role to play in the country’s future, took place at an extremely critical time.
“Our ultimate goal is a peaceful, united, democratic, stable and prosperous Afghanistan,” he wrote on Twitter, sharing some photos of the meeting.
The arrival of the Afghan delegation in Islamabad on Sunday coincided with the departure of President Ghani from Afghanistan, greatly weakening the negotiating position of his supporters.
The Afghan delegation is made up of leaders who have been part of various governments since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001.