Pakistan hopes US, Taliban deal will set tone for peace in Afghanistan

Pakistan hopes US, Taliban deal will set tone for peace in Afghanistan

DOHA: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Saturday that Pakistan wants a “responsible withdrawal” of US troops from Afghanistan.
FM Qureshi made the comments in Doha, where he was invited to witness a peace deal between the United States and Afghanistan.
“It’s an important day,” Qureshi added. “Hopefully it will set the tone for peace and stability in Afghanistan.”
In a meeting with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, Qureshi also expressed hopes that the peace deal will pave the way for intra-Afghan dialogue.
Khalilzad apprised Qureshi of the latest developments in terms of the Afghan peace deal.
“Pakistan will continue its efforts for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan,” Qureshi said while adding that the world will need to help Afghanistan in the rebuilding and restoration of its land.
Earlier, in a meeting with members of the Pakistani community in Qatar, Radio Pakistan reported Qureshi as saying that the peace agreement between the United States and Afghan Taliban will open new avenues of development in the region.
“Peace in Afghanistan will open up our links with Central Asia,” Qureshi said while adding that the with peace and stability, there will be numerous opportunities for promoting bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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