The two leaders reiterated Islamabad’s commitment to a negotiated political settlement and highlighted the ongoing peace process.
Islamabad, Pakistan – A statement said that the leaders of Pakistan and Turkey had reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to the political settlement of the conflict before Prime Minister Imran Khan’s talks in Turkey earlier this month.
Khan spoke by telephone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, according to a statement from his office.
“Prime Minister in the regional context [Khan] He stressed the importance of a political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan before the recently announced planned United States [troop] Withdrawal, ”the statement said.
“The Prime Minister highlighted that Pakistan fully supported and assisted the US-Taliban peace agreement and the subsequent initiation of inter-Afghan talks.”
Khan said the inter-Afghan peace talks have provided a “historic opportunity” to achieve an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.
The Turkish government did not immediately issue a statement during the talks.
Turkey will Host Representatives of the Afghan government, the United States, the United Nations and Qatar will take part in the ten-day Afghan peace conference from April 24.
The Taliban has refused to take part in the talks. It has issued a Statement “We will not take part in any further talks until all foreign forces have completely withdrawn from our country,” he said on Tuesday.
Top US ambassador visits Kabul
Prime Minister Khan’s statement came as US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken Arrived Officials in Kabul on Thursday gave a brief statement on US President Joe Biden’s plans to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by September 11.
On Thursday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani met with Abdullah Abdullah, the head of its peace talks, and senior US officials, and his visit highlighted his country’s “ongoing commitment” to Afghanistan.
“Partnerships are changing, but partnerships are lasting,” he said.
On Wednesday, US President Biden Announcement That his country would withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the longest war in U.S. history.
The new date adds more than three months to the May deadline Agree Between the United States and the Taliban in February 2020.
The Taliban have continued fighting against the Afghan government, in addition to stalled peace talks in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Feedback With the announcement that if the army does not move within the previously agreed date, “the problem will certainly be more complicated”.
Pakistan played a key role in facilitating the first direct peace talks between the US and the Taliban and later the Taliban and Afghan governments.
“In our view, it is important that the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan coincides with the progress in the peace process,” a statement from Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in response to Biden’s withdrawal plan.
“We hope that the forthcoming meeting of the Afghan leadership in Turkey will be an important opportunity for Afghans to move towards a negotiated political settlement.”
Asad Hashim is a digital correspondent for Al Jazeera in Pakistan. He tweeted Asad Hashim