Apr 20, 2020, 8:36 PM
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Pakistan, Afghanistan FMs discuss peace process

Islamabad, April 20, IRNA -- Foreign Minister of Pakistan during a telephonic conversation with his Afghan counterpart on Monday discussed progress on Afghan peace dialogue, COVID-19 situation and regional developments.

Foreign Ministry in a statement said that Shah Mahmood Qureshi called Acting Foreign Minister for Afghanistan, Hanif Atmar and congratulated him on his recent appointment and expressed hope that during his tenure, there would be enhanced interaction between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries.

Prospect of enhancing bilateral relations in all areas were discussed.

The statement said the Foreign Minister highlighted that as a neighbor with abiding solidarity, Pakistan values its fraternal relations with Afghanistan.

“In view of COVID-19, Pakistan has taken a number of steps, at the request of the government of Afghanistan, to assist in movement of Afghan nationals and cargo trucks and containers,” he said.

The Foreign Minister expressed the hope that Afghanistan would be able to control spread of COVID-19 effectively.

Foreign Minister Qureshi further reiterated the importance of existing bilateral mechanisms. He hoped that the next session of Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) would be held soon which would help further strengthen bilateral cooperation in various fields.

According to the statement the two Foreign Ministers also discussed latest situation in the Afghan Peace Process.

Foreign Minister Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s steadfast support to the Afghan peace and reconciliation process and said that the U.S.-Taliban Peace Agreement provides a historic opportunity for the Afghan leadership to jointly work for the ultimate aim of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

The Afghan Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs thanked Shah Mahmood Qureshi on his message of felicitations.

He concurred with the Foreign Minister on utilizing existing mechanisms, including APAPPS, to take forward bilateral relations.

He also appreciated steps taken by Pakistan to facilitate return of Afghan nationals and movement of cargo and trucks, in view of COVID-19. The two sides also discussed further steps to deepen the bilateral economic relationship.

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