Pakistan Foreign Minister to visit Afghanistan on Dec 15

Vastavam web: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will visit Afghanistan on December 15 to hold talks with top Afghan leadership on “political reconciliation and durable peace” in the war-torn country. Qureshi announced his visit to Kabul after US President Donald Trump sent a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, seeking Pakistan’s help with stuttering Afghan peace talks and support in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table to end the 17-year brutal war in the country. Addressing a ceremony in Multan on Saturday, Qureshi said it was the robustness of Pakistan’s foreign policy that the US requested for assistance in Afghan issue, Radio Pakistan reported. The foreign minister said he will visit Kabul on December 15 to hold talks with “Afghan leadership on political reconciliation and durable peace in Afghanistan.”

Trump’s letter was followed by visit to Islamabad by US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalizad who held talks with top officials and also called on Queshi and the prime minister. It would be Qureshi’s second trip to Kabul after Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government came to power in August. In the letter, Trump “stated that his most important regional priority was achieving a negotiated settlement of the Afghan war. In this regard, he has sought Pakistan’s support and facilitation,” the Foreign Office said. The Taliban are fighting to flush out international forces and re-establish their regime in Afghanistan after their ouster in 2001.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are trying to improve ties despite lingering suspicions and mistrust about each other.’ Addressing the ceremony in Multan, Qureshi also said that Pakistan made the decision of opening Kartarpur Corridor to facilitate Sikh pilgrims. This step gave a message of peace and love from Pakistan, he said.