Ready to facilitate the Afghan peace talks if Kabul desires so, Pakistan has stressed peace in Afghanistan is essential for its own security.
While reaffirming Pakistan’s strong solidarity with Afghan people, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharilf’s advisor on foreign affairs and national security Sartaj Aziz stressed that Pakistan's efforts to persuade Afghan Taliban to participate in peace talks should not be wrongly interpreted.
Attending a high level event on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, Aziz hoped the Afghan peace process would be resumed soon, as this was an important pre-requisite for peace and stability in the country.
The high-level event "Afghanistan’s Peaceful Reconstruction and Regional Cooperation" co-hosted by Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and United States Secretary of State John Kerry was held on Saturday.
Participants of the event included, among others, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Cevdet Yilmaz and the foreign ministers of Australia, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Norway, and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
A number of delegations reiterated their pledge for long-term support for Afghanistan. They emphasised that "great games" of the past should be converted into the "great gains" for the future of Afghanistan.
It was underscored that the interest of Afghan people, who had suffered enormously in the past, should be held above everything.
In this regard, the Afghan government and the Taliban were encouraged to compromise and meet at "half way" for their country's peace and stability.
A co-chair’s statement issued after the event expressed long term support for political process, economic reconstruction, security and stability, regional cooperation as well as peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.