KABUL, Afghanistan – Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah wrapped a three-day official trip to Pakistan, meeting President Arif Alvi last on Wednesday in the capital city Islamabad.
He returned to the country on Wednesday night, after discussing the Afghan peace negotiations and bilateral relations with Pakistani leader, according to a statement by HCNR.
“The Pakistani government and leadership fully support the peace efforts in Afghanistan,” said Alvi. “We stand for an end to war, and for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
“Pakistan suffers from war in Afghanistan and benefits from peace,” he added during the meeting.
Meanwhile, Abdullah provided a clear picture of the situation in Afghanistan, peace talks, challenges and opportunities for achieving peace, and areas for bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
“Afghanistan wants good relations with all its neighbors, especially with Pakistan, and peace and stability in Afghanistan will pave the way for cooperation, trade growth and development between the two countries and the region as a whole,” he said.
Abdullah Meets Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan
During a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday, Abdullah said in a tweet he was “hopeful about prospects of strengthening our bilateral relations,” thanking Khan for Pakistan’s support to the Afghan peace process, “aiming for stability, security, economic growth & a regional peace dividend.”
“We discussed the latest developments… and stressed on reduction in violence leading to a permanent ceasefire,” he said. “I also thanked the Government of Pakistan for today’s initiative to further facilitate visa services for AFG nationals; a testament to the existence of strong & growing bonds between our two nations.”
Abdullah Meets Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi
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 concluded.
Prior to the three-day official trip to Pakistan, Abdullah said, “I hope this visit will open a new chapter of mutual cooperation at all levels, especially on achieving a lasting and dignified peace in AFG”.
This was Abdullah’s first visit to Pakistan in his capacity as Chairman of the HCNR.