Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Tuesday that Islamabad will continue to support the peace process in Afghanistan. He requested the leadership of Afghanistan not to let go of the historic opportunity to restore long-term peace in the country. During a meeting with Ustad Mohammed Karim Khalili, the leader of Afghanistan's Hajb-e-Wahadat-e-Islami and his delegation, Qureshi said that all sides should make efforts to prevent violence in the country.
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said that during the meeting, the progress of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations and the peace process in Afghanistan were discussed. The Foreign Minister once again reiterated that Pakistan has been a champion of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan. During the meeting, Qureshi said that the Afghan leadership should not let the historic opportunity go out of hand to restore long-term peace in the country through inter-Afghan negotiations.
He urged all sides to take steps to reduce the violence and move towards a ceasefire. Karim Khalili, on the other hand, thanked Pakistan for its continued support to Afghanistan and especially in the peace process. Representatives of the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban said in late December that they had reached a preliminary agreement on peace talks.