ICMD, March 12, 2019

Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi Tuesday said that being an important stakeholder in Afghan peace process, Pakistan wanted a ‘responsible’ withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

He was addressing a joint press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas, who arrived here earlier in the day to hold discussions on regional peace and situation in Afghanistan.

He said that Pakistan had been saying for long that Afghan issue could only be resolved through dialogue and “we are glad that now the world was acknowledging our version”.

He said a responsible withdrawal of troops would be in better interest of Pakistan as well as the regional countries.

The German foreign minister said that terrorism was a global challenge and Pakistan had taken a lot of steps in that regard.

“Pakistan is playing an important role in Afghanistan, being a responsible regional country also, we think that Afghan government has to be part of the process for a sustainable peace in the region,” he added.

“We feel that inclusion of Afghan government in every table talk is imperative.”

Maas said that Germany recognized that steps were being taken by Pakistan in deescalating the situation. “We believe that Kashmir requires immediate solution and both sides can contribute to resolve the long standing concerning situation in South Asia,” he added.

Mass said that India must improve situation in the occupied valley.

Foreign Minister Qureshi said that both sides discussed the opportunities for enhancing trade, economy and investment in Pakistan. -- DT