Pakistani PM Imran welcomes US-Taliban deal, says spoilers must be kept at bay

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ISLAMABAD, Mar 1, 2020, Pakistan Today. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday welcomed the deal between the United States and the Taliban, saying that stakeholders must ensure all spoilers are kept at bay. Taking to Twitter, the prime minister described the deal as “the start of a peace & reconciliation process to end decades of war & suffering of the Afghan people,” Pakistan Today reported.

“We welcome the Doha Accord signed between US & the Taliban. This is the start of a peace & reconciliation process to end decades of war & suffering of the Afghan people. I have always maintained that a pol solution, no matter how complex, is the only meaningful path to peace,” he tweeted.

He said that Pakistan was committed to ensure that the “agreement holds & succeeds in bringing peace to Afghanistan”.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan wants a “responsible withdrawal” of US troops from Afghanistan.

He made the comments in Doha, where he was invited to witness a peace deal between the United States and Afghanistan.

“It’s an important day,” Qureshi added. “Hopefully it will set the tone for peace and stability in Afghanistan.”

In a meeting with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, Qureshi also expressed hopes that the peace deal will pave the way for the intra-Afghan dialogue.

Khalilzad apprised Qureshi of the latest developments in terms of the Afghan peace deal.

“Pakistan will continue its efforts for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan,” Qureshi said while adding that the world will need to help Afghanistan in the rebuilding and restoration of its land.

Earlier, in a meeting with members of the Pakistani community in Qatar, Radio Pakistan reported Qureshi as saying that the peace agreement between the United States and Afghan Taliban will open new avenues of development in the region.

“Peace in Afghanistan will open up our links with Central Asia,” Qureshi said while adding that with peace and stability, there will be numerous opportunities for promoting bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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