Islamabad: Afghan peace process should be saved from ‘spoiling’. External Affairs Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday said the Afghan peace process should be protected from elements trying to disrupt it.
Addressing a webinar via video link, FM Qureshi said the positive momentum of inter-Afghan dialogue should be maintained and this historic opportunity should not be missed.
He also stressed that the international community should urge all parties to agree on ways to reduce the violence that could lead to a ceasefire.
Praising the SCO’s role in the Afghan peace process, FM Qureshi called on the world community to draw up a roadmap for post-conflict reconstruction and economic development in Afghanistan, including timetable for the return of Afghan refugees.
He said that peace and stability in Afghanistan was essential and very important for Pakistan.
“Afghanistan is not just a neighbor of Pakistan, we have historical ties based on our beliefs and culture,” he said.
The ongoing peace process in Afghanistan offers hope and optimism that the decades-long conflict will end, FM Qureshi said, adding that it also offers new prospects for lasting peace, economic development and regional connectivity.