• publish: 13 March 2019
  • time: 2:20 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 7442
Germany and Pakistan wanted

Afghanistan needs to be included in peace talks

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has commended Pakistan’s contribution to efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan is playing an important role in Afghanistan, being a responsible regional country,” Mass told a joint news conference with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

The Afghan government had to be part of the process for a sustainable peace in the region; he said “We feel that inclusion of Afghan government in every table talk is imperative.”

The visiting minister praised Prime Minister Imran Khan’s efforts for peace and reconciliation in the region, particularly with regard to recent tension between India and Pakistan.

For his part, Qureshi said that being an important stakeholder in the Afghan peace process, Pakistan desired a ‘responsible’ withdrawal of troops from that country.

Pakistan had long been saying the Afghan conflict could be resolved only through dialogue, he said. “We are glad that now the world is endorsing our stance,” Qureshi added.

Prime Minister Khan told Maas Pakistan attached high importance to its relations with Germany, characterised by shared democratic values and multifaceted cooperation.

Both Islamabad and Berlin had a crucial part to play, Mass said, explaining Germany was the second largest contributor of troops to Afghanistan and Pakistan was its immediate neighbour.

About 1,300 German soldiers are paty of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, training and assisting the local security forces.

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