Pakistan Foreign Office responds over new developments in Afghan peace talks

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Pakistan Foreign Office responds over new developments in Afghan peace talks

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan welcomes the beginning of the second round of Intra Afghan negotiations in Doha.

In a statement, the Foreign Office said that the two sides have made significant progress by finalizing the rules and procedures last month and have now reconvened to discuss issues.

FO added that the year 2020 witnessed considerable progress towards peace in Afghanistan, with a number of positive developments including the conclusion of the U.S.-Taliban Peace Agreement on 29 February 2020, the start of intra-Afghan Negotiations on 12 September 2020, and agreement on Rules and Procedures on 2 December 2020, which paved the way for meaningful progress in the peace talks.

Islamabad called upon both sides to remain constructively engaged and show flexibility in the negotiations for reaching an inclusive, broad-based, and comprehensive political settlement 'which would lead to lasting peace and stability in the region.