OIC Meeting: FM Atmar Stresses Reduction in Violence

Kabul (BNA)  Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmoud Qureshi in Niger Friday, stressing the need for reduction in violence throughout Afghanistan amid ongoing efforts for peace. On sidelines of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Minister’s meeting in Niamey, Niger, both sides discussed Afghan peace process, the 2020 Geneva conference, and the recent visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to Kabul, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Had an important meeting with Qureshi and the delegation on the sideline of the OIC in Niamey focusing on the next steps in peace, security, refugee return, regional connectivity and economic cooperation following the successful Kabul visit of Honorable Imran Khan,” said Atmar in a tweet. Meanwhile, Qureshi stressed the importance of reduction in violence and advancing peace efforts, saying Pakistan will continue to facilitate the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process. He emphasized to remain vigilant about the role of “spoilers” who do not wish to see peace in the region, a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan said. Qureshi further said peace negotiations represented a historic opportunity, which must be seized by the Afghan leadership to establish enduring peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region, according to reports. The remarks on Afghan peace process came at a time violence in Afghanistan remains high amidst efforts by the Afghan government towards solidarity.

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