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Pakistan and U.S welcome starts of Intra-Afghan Negotiations

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Islamabad: Pakistan and United States (US) have welcomed commencement of Intra-Afghan Negotiations on 12 September 2020.

‘​I warmly welcome the announcement regarding commencement of Intra-Afghan Negotiations on 12 September 2020. Finally, our combined efforts have brought forth the day that the Afghan people have been yearning for, Prime Minister Imran Khan said.

For more than 40 years, Afghans have suffered from continued conflict and bloodshed. Pakistan has endured the fall-out — reflected in incidence of terrorism, loss of precious lives, and huge economic cost.

He underlined for a long time that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and that the only way forward is a negotiated political settlement.

​Through relentless efforts, Pakistan has played a pivotal role in facilitating the Afghan peace process to this juncture. We feel deeply gratified today as we have fulfilled our part of the responsibility, he said adding that iIt is now for the Afghan leaders to seize this historic opportunity, work together constructively, and secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.

​Successful culmination of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process is indispensable for Afghanistan and for regional peace, stability and prosperity.

‘We hope all sides will honour their respective commitments, persevere in the face of all challenges, and remain unflinchingly committed to achieving the desired outcome, premier said adding that for its part, Pakistan will continue to remain in full support and solidarity with the Afghan people as they march forward in this consequential journey for peace and development.

Meanwhile, embassy of United States in a statement said that Secretary Michael R. Pompeo welcomed the Launch of Afghanistan Peace Negotiations.

The United States welcomes the announcement that Afghanistan peace negotiations will begin on September 12th.  The start of these talks marks a historic opportunity for Afghanistan to bring an end to four decades of war and bloodshed.  The people of Afghanistan have carried the burden of war for too long.  They yearn for peace.  Only through an Afghan-owned, Afghan-led political process — one that respects the views of all Afghan communities, including women and ethnic and religious minorities — can the parties achieve a durable peace, Pompeo said adding that ahis opportunity must not be squandered.

He further said that immense sacrifice and investment by the United States, our partners, and the people of Afghanistan have made this moment of hope possible.  ‘I urge the negotiators to demonstrate the pragmatism, restraint, and flexibility this process will require to succeed.  The people of Afghanistan and the international community will be watching closely.  The United States is prepared to support as requested, he said adding that the United States recalls the commitment by the Afghan government and the Taliban that terrorists can never again use Afghan soil to threaten the United States or its allies.  Now is the time for peace for Afghanistan.

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