Pakistan Foreign Minister optimistic on US-Taliban Peace Agreement

Sajjad Hussain
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Islamabad, Feb 23 (PTI) Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has expressed optimism over the US and Taliban continuing to work under last year's Afghanistan peace deal, amidst reports of Washington reviewing the agreement which provisions a final withdrawal of all international forces by May 1.

Special Envoy of Foreign Minister of Qatar, Dr Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani, called on Qureshi, at the latter's office on Monday, according to a statement by the Pakistan Foreign Office.

Matters of mutual interest were discussed with a special focus on the Afghanistan peace process, it said.

Qureshi 'expressed hope that progress on the implementation of the US-Taliban Peace Agreement would be maintained to achieve its stated objectives of a peaceful political settlement in Afghanistan.' The US-Taliban Peace Agreement signed in Doha, Qatar, on February 29 last year, provisions withdrawal of all American and NATO troops from Afghanistan by May 1, a Taliban pledge to prevent militant forces from operating in its areas, and dialogue between the Taliban and the Afghanistan government.

Qureshi said collective efforts to achieve lasting peace in Afghanistan would bear fruit. He appreciated regional stakeholder Qatar’s positive efforts.

The foreign minister reiterated Pakistan's support for Intra-Afghan Negotiations. Qureshi's remarks come amidst a review of the peace deal by the Joe Biden-led US administration, creating uncertainty over the future course of events.

During his visit here, Al-Qahtani also met Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa and Chief of Inter-Services Intelligence Lt Gen Faiz Hameed. PTI SH IND