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Karim Khalili Calls on Pakistani Foreign Minister

The Pakistani special envoy for Afghanistan, Mohammad Sadiq, in a tweet said top Afghan political figure Mohammad Karim Khalili who also chairs the Hizb-e Wahdat-e Islami party called on foreign minister Shah Mehmoud Qureshi Tuesday morning in Islamabad.

The Killid Group
12 Jan 2021
Karim Khalili Calls on Pakistani Foreign Minister
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“FM [foreign minister] reiterated Pakistan’s consistent support for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan,” Mohammad Sadiq, the Pakistani special representative to Afghanistan took to Twitter.

According to Mr. Sadiq, foreign minister Qureshi and his country had constantly emphasized that there was no “military solution” for Afghanistan war, but “a negotiated settlement was the only way forward.”

Mr. Qureshi called on warring parties to work for a reduction in violence which leads to ceasefire; however, “he cautioned against the role of ‘spoilers’ within and outside Afghanistan, who did not wish to see return of peace in Afghanistan and the region.”

Former Vice President Karim Khalili thanked Pakistan for its consistent support to Afghanistan, Ambassador Sadiq cited, particularly for the Afghan peace process and hosting millions of refugees.

“He appreciated various steps taken by Pakistan to strengthen [bilateral] trade and facilitate Afghan nationals through a new visa policy,” according to Mr. Sadiq.

In a statement on Sunday, the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan said the former Vice President Karim Khalili will stay in Pakistan for a two-day visit where he will call on Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi and other senior government officials.

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“The visit of Ustad Karim Khalili is part of Pakistan’s ongoing policy to reach out to political leadership in Afghanistan to forge common understanding on the Afghan peace process and deepen people-to-people linkages,” read the statement.

The visit to discuss the Afghan peace process comes as the Afghan government’s peace negotiation team met with the Taliban representatives Saturday this week to resume peace talks with the Taliban after a three-week break.

In the first round of talks which lasted for three months, negotiators from the two sides agreed on a code of conduct for the talks.

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