High peace council welcomes Islamabad’s remarks on Afghan reconciliation

KABUL: (MEP) – The Afghan high peace council welcomed the remarks by the Foreign Office of Pakistan regarding the opening of the Taliban office in Qatar, which is expected to take place in the near future.

High peace council officials also said that they are expecting a review towards the Afghan peace process by the officials of the newly formed government of Pakistan, Khaama reported.

An Afghan high peace council official, Shafiullah Nuristani said that the council welcomes any step which assists the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

Taliban group temporarily closed its office in Doha after the government of Afghanistan objected the way the office was opened and showed a strong reaction towards the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan sign plate and flag.

In the meantime the Foreign Office officials of Pakistan on Thursday announced that Islamabad is optimistic that the stalled Afghan peace process will be revived soon as differences between key stakeholders narrow down over the Afghan Taliban’s office in Doha.

Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, spokesman for the Pakistan Office said that the only way to achieve and stability in the region is through reconciliation between Kabul and Taliban group.

He insisted that Pakistan exercised utmost restraint and would continue to do so in the future.

“We believe that allegations and counter allegations will not help us achieve our shared goal of securing peace and stability in Afghanistan and our region,” Chaudhry quoted by Pakistan The Express Tribune said.

“We have taken a positive and constructive approach. We believe that close engagement between Pakistan and the Afghan government could help achieve the objectives of peace and stability in Afghanistan,” Chaudhry said.

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