Pakistan welcomes Doha’s joint statement between Afghan sides

 Pakistan welcomes Doha’s  joint statement between Afghan sides

Pakistan has welcomed the joint statement of Afghan sides

ISLAMABAD, 20 July: Pakistan has welcomed the joint statement of Afghan sides issued at the conclusion of the two-day talks in Doha.

In a statement today, the Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that Pakistan welcomes the ongoing engagement between the two Afghan sides in Doha. He termed the issuance of a joint statement at the conclusion of the two-day talks in Doha ‘a positive development’.

The spokesperson reiterated, “Pakistan believes that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict and that a negotiated political settlement through Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process is the only way forward.”

It added, “Pakistan hopes that the Afghan sides would continue their engagement in future in a meaningful manner. This will help in the reduction of violence, weaken the hands of spoilers and pave the way for the establishment of lasting peace in Afghanistan.”

The delegations from the Afghan government and the Taliban had said in a joint statement on Sunday that they will meet again and plan to expedite peace negotiations after two-days talks in Doha.

The negotiators from the rival sides had said the two sides committed to continue negotiations at a high level until a settlement is reached and they will work to provide humanitarian assistance throughout Afghanistan, International News Channel reported.

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Representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban leaders met in Doha for talks on Saturday, News Agency correspondents said, as violence rages in the country with foreign forces almost entirely withdrawn. The two sides have been meeting on and off for months in the Qatari capital, but the talks have lost momentum as the Taliban have made battlefield gains.

Several high-ranking officials, including former president Hamid Karzai and former chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, gathered in a luxury hotel on Saturday after morning prayers.

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