Pakistan would continue to play a reconciliatory role for peace and stability of Afghanistan.

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 12 : Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has declared that Pakistan would continue to play a reconciliatory role for the peace and stability of Afghanistan.

The foreign minister stated this while talking to outgoing Afghan ambassador Shukrullah Atif Mashal, who paid a farewell call on him here at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said peace of the region was linked with stability of Afghanistan and stressed that intra-Afghan talks would lead to sustainable peace. They discussed Pak-Afghan relations and other issues of importance.

The foreign minister welcomed the Loya Jirga’s recommendation on release of prisoners and expressed the hope that the intra-Afghan negotiations would commence at the earliest.

He emphasized that the Afghan leadership should seize the historic opportunity to achieve a comprehensive, broad-based and inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan.

Ambassador Mashal thanked the foreign minister for his personal attention to further enhance Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral relations and for the consistent support extended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during his tenure.

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