Pakistan Foreign Minister held important telephonic conversation with his Afghan counterpart

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Pakistan Foreign Minister held important telephonic conversation with his Afghan counterpart

ISLAMABAD- Pakistan Foreign Minister held important telephonic conversation with his Afghan counterpart.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in a telephonic conversation with Acting Afghanistan Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar, said that peace in Kabul was Pakistan's "highest priority".

The peace talks between Afghan Taliban and the Afghan government reached a new turn after the American-brokered deal, however, there have been several hindrances in attaining peace in the country.

According to a statement from the Foreign Office on Wednesday, Qureshi said that Pakistan had “high stakes” in return of stability to Afghanistan and the region.

“It [is] important that the Afghan leaders seize this historic opportunity and achieve an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement in Afghanistan,” Qureshi said.

The foreign minister said he welcomes the recent developments on the release of prisoners and urged all parties to take requisite steps for the commencement of Intra-Afghan negotiations at the earliest.

The foreign minister assured his Afghan counterpart of Pakistan’s consistent support to Afghanistan on its path to peace and development.