Pakistan turns to Russia for peace in Afghanistan

Pakistan turns to Russia for peace in Afghanistan
Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal. (Photo courtesy: PID)
Updated 09 November 2018

Pakistan turns to Russia for peace in Afghanistan

Pakistan turns to Russia for peace in Afghanistan
  • Additional secretary to lead Islamabad delegation at the talks
  • This will be the second round of Moscow-led consultations for the purpose

ISLAMABAD: With the second round of Russia-led talks for Afghanistan’s peace process starting on Friday, Pakistan said that an additional secretary will be leading the country’s delegation at the meeting in Moscow.
“We have always maintained that the most viable solution to the conflict in Afghanistan is an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process. Role of Afghanistan’s neighbors would be very important in such a process,” Dr. Muhammad Faisal, Foreign Ministry spokesman, said on Thursday.
He added that if Afghanistan’s peace and reconciliation process is supported by its neighbors and important regional countries, it “would have more chances of success”. “In this regard, it can be expected that this meeting would contribute to developing a regional consensus in support of the Afghan peace process,” he said.
In a statement released on Thursday, Russia’s foreign ministry said that invitations for the event have been sent to participating countries – namely Afghanistan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the United States.
“President of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has made a decision to send a delegation of the Afghanistan High Peace Council. For the first time, a delegation of the Taliban’s political office in Doha, Qatar, will take part in an event of this kind,” Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, said in Moscow on Thursday.
The consultative meeting in Moscow was earlier scheduled for September 4 but was postponed after the Afghan government said it would only attend on the condition that all meetings be Afghan-led.