ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmoud Qureshi said Chairman of HCNR Abdullah Abdullah’s visit will greatly help to strengthen relations with Afghanistan and “forge a common understanding on the Afghan peace process,” MoFA said in a statement Monday evening.
Welcoming Abdullah in Pakistna, Qureshi said this visit “will open a new chapter in bilateral ties, further strengthen relations” and “forge a common understanding” on the Afghan peace process.
Reaffirming Pakistan’s support for the Afghan peace process, he said Pakistan has “always maintained there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict and encouraged all parties to reach a political solution through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process.”
The Qureshi underscored Pakistan’s support for a peaceful, stable, united, sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan, saying “mistakes of the past should not be repeated; nor past history should dictate the future course of action.”
“…there was a need to guard against the detrimental role of ‘spoilers’, both within and outside Afghanistan, who do not wish to see return of peace in the region,” he added.
The remarks came after Abdullah made his first officials visit to Pakistan as Chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan.
Abdullah and his delegation is due to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday.