FM Atmar reiterates call for nationwide reduction in violence


KABUL: Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar on Friday met his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmoud Qureshi in Niamey, Niger, conferring on the need for violence reduction in Afghanistan in the wake of ongoing peace negotiations in Doha.

According to a statement shared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, both sides in the meeting discussed the Afghan peace process, the 2020 Geneva conference, and the latest visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to Kabul.

 “Had an important meeting with Qureshi and the delegation on the sidelines 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, the Pakistani counterpart stressed that Pakistan would continue to assist the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and stated the importance of reducing violence. 

He also emphasized to remain cautious regarding the role of “spoilers” who do not wish to see peace in Afghanistan.

Moreover, Qureshi stated that the peace talks represent a historic opportunity, which must be seized by the Afghan officials to bring peace and stability to the country.

The meeting comes amid the peace talks currently in progress with no tangible breakthrough and high levels of violence in Afghanistan.