Pakistan reiterates earnest desire for lasting peace in Afghanistan

BRUSSELS: Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz held a meeting with the Afghan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday on the sidelines of the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan.
The Adviser reiterated Pakistan’s earnest desire for lasting peace in Afghanistan which was important for stability and progress in Pakistan. He emphasised the need for continued engagement and support of international community for sustainable economic development and growth in Afghanistan.
Recalling Pakistan’s serious efforts for facilitating peace talks between Afghan Government and Taliban, Sartaj Aziz conveyed that Pakistan will continue to make these efforts through the framework of the QCG.
The Afghan President thanked Pakistan’s pledge of further 500 million dollar assistance to Afghanistan at the Brussels Conference.
The Afghan President and Adviser also discussed efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
President Ashraf Ghani expressed concern that Taliban’s continued refusal to join the peace process was causing perpetuation of violence, killings and suffering in Afghanistan.

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