AT News Report
KABUL: US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday welcomed statement by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on his appeal for reduction of violence and also of not be party to any internal conflict in Afghanistan anymore.
Khalilzad says in a tweet that he “greatly appreciates Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement yesterday on Afghanistan”.
He said that Khan’s “appeal for reduction of violence and policy against promoting internal conflict in other nations has potential to positively transform the region and give Pakistan a leading role”.
In a statement released on Thursday, April 25, Imran Khan said that Afghanistan conflict has brought great suffering for both Afghanistan and Pakistan over last 40 years.
Now, after a long wait, the Afghanistan Peace Process presents a historic opportunity for peace in the region and Pakistan is fully supporting the process including the next logical step of Intra Afghan Dialogue wherein Afghans will themselves decide upon the future of their country, the statement added.
In this backdrop, Pakistan is highly dismayed by the surge of violence in Afghanistan from all sides, it said, adding, the so called offensives are condemnable and will undermine the peace process.
It is not right to seek an edge in dialogue through coercion. Pakistan implores all parties to recognize the importance of the moment and seize it, the statement said.
Pakistan has committed all diplomatic and security capital to success of peace process. Pakistan will not be party to any internal conflict in Afghanistan anymore, the statement concluded.
This comes as consensus over Afghan peace has been more visible than ever as on Thursday trilateral meeting between special envoys of United States, Russia and China in Moscow ended with a “trilateral consensus” on the Afghan peace process.
It was the second trilateral consultation on Afghanistan in Moscow, in which US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad, Chinese Special Envoy Deng Xijun, and Russian Presidential Representative Zamir Kabulov discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and the ongoing peace process.