Pakistan becomes the only country to receive laurels from both US and the Afghan Taliban over landmark deal

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Pakistan becomes the only country to receive laurels from both US and the Afghan Taliban over landmark deal

ISLMAABAD - Pakistan becomes the only country to receive laurels from both US and the Afghan Taliban over landmark deal.

Addressing the media after the signing ceremony, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed his gratitude for facilitating the peace process.

“To Afghanistan’s neighbours, including Pakistan, we thank you for your efforts in helping reach these historic agreements and make clear our expectation that you will continue to do your part to promote a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan so that the country and region can reap the benefits of lasting peace.”

In his speech, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar also acknowledged Islamabad’s role in realising the landmark peace deal and thanked Pakistan for “its efforts, work and assistance”.

The Taliban leader went on to thank China, Qatar, Russia and other international players that provided assistance in bringing an end to America’s longest, costliest and deadliest war and raising hopes for peace in the strife-torn country.

The signing ceremony was attended by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and notables from Russia, China, Qatar and other key players.

Ahead of the ceremony, Qureshi told an audience at Pakistan’s Embassy in Doha that the US-Taliban deal is vindication of Islamabad’s stance that there is no military solution to the Afghan imbroglio.

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