ISLAMABAD: Pakistan welcomed all such initiatives which meant to help solve the Afghan issue that was pre-requisite for regional peace and prosperity, spokesperson of foreign office Nafees Zakaria Thursday said.
“We expect regional countries to play their constructive role in this regard,” he said. During the weekly media briefing, he said, the 6 Party talks, hosted by Russia on Afghanistan in Moscow which concluded on Wednesday were attended by Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, India and Iran.
The conference, he said, discussed regional approaches to the security situation in Afghanistan and agreed on enlargement of this 6-Party format with the inclusion of central Asian countries, at first.
They also agreed to further increase efforts towards peace and stability in Afghanistan under an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, he informed. In Moscow meeting, the discussions were about the situation in Afghanistan and the regional approaches towards peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The impact of the situation in Afghanistan on the regional countries was a matter of concern. Regional countries were getting together to cooperate and enhance efforts towards peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Responding to a query, he said the turmoil in Afghanistan, which was persisting for almost forty years now and especially the current situation in the last few years, had created space for the violent non-state actors and terrorist organizations to find their foothold there. – SAMAA
Story first published: 16th February 2017