Afghan issues cannot be resolved without Pakistan, Pak President claims
By Khaama Press - Mon Sep 11 2017, 2:54 pm
The President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain has said the issues of Afghanistan cannot be resolved in the absence of Pakistan as Kabul insists on comprehensive talks with Islamabad as the first step to end the ongoing violence in the country, insisting that the freedom of movement of the Afghan militant leaders in Pakistan has direct links with the persistent violence in Afghanistan.
President Mamnoon Hussain reportedly made the remarks during a meeting on the sidelines of Astana summit with his Turkish counterpart Recap Tayyip Erdogan.
“President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Mamnoon Hussain in Astana, on the sidelines of the first OIC Summit on Science and Technology and expressed satisfaction over historic and time-tested relations between Pakistan and Turkey,” a statement by the foreign ministry of Pakistan said.
The statement further added The President highlighted, Pakistan’s efforts for regional peace and stability, including support for the Afghan peace and reconciliation process.”
The statement said President Erdogan reiterated Turkey’s readiness to continue to help reinforce the process of peace and development in Afghanistan.
“The Turkish President appreciated Pakistan for whole-heartedly supporting the first OIC Summit on Science and Technology in Astana and hoped that the Summit would be an important milestone in promoting science and technology in the Muslim Ummah. He praised Pakistan’s key contributions as the Chair of the COMSTECH,” the statement added.
This comes as President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani during a meeting with his Turkish counterpart said Afghanistan is ready for comprehensive talks with Islamabad.
President Ghani further added that the announcement of the new US strategy has opened new doors of opportunities and necessary steps should be taken regionally for the proper use of the provided opportunity.
He said Afghanistan wants good relations with its neighbors and the country is prepared for comprehensive talks with Islamabad, insisting that the current situation should change in the region and opportunities should be properly utilized.
The Afghan President also called terrorism as a menace threatening both the region and the world and emphasized on joint efforts for its eradication.