ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood received UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy on Afghanistan and Regional Issues Jean Arnault today.
During the meeting, views were exchanged on the latest developments in the Afghan peace process and the way forward.
The Foreign Secretary briefed Arnault on Pakistan’s consistent policy of support to the Afghan peace process, forging a closer Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral relationship, and facilitating economic integration and regional connectivity.
Reiterating Pakistan’s long-held view that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, the Foreign Secretary reaffirmed Pakistan’s strong desire for a peaceful political settlement in Afghanistan, which was the only way forward. He also underlined that securing a negotiated political settlement would require sustained and constructive engagement as well as flexibility by the Afghan leaders.
The Foreign Secretary expressed concern over the high incidence of violence in Afghanistan and stressed that all sides must work for an immediate reduction in violence, leading to a ceasefire.
In the context of regional mechanisms, the Foreign Secretary emphasized that the “Troika Plus” format brought together all major stakeholders to help promote meaningful progress in the Afghan peace process.
The Foreign Secretary reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to the safe and dignified return of Afghan refugees to their homeland under a time-bound and well-resourced roadmap supported by the international community.
Meanwhile, Pakistan special representative for Afghanistan Mohammad Sadiq also met the UN Secretary General’s Personal Envoy on Afghanistan, Jean Arnault today.
Both discussed different aspects of the current situation in Afghanistan and collaboration for an Afghan own and Afghan-led solution.