ISLAMABAD - Pakistan achieves a big diplomatic success at the international front on Afghanistan endgame.
The United States, China and Russia jointly welcomed Pakistan to the four-party consultation process aimed at ending the 18-year-old conflict in war-torn Afghanistan , said a joint statement link by the US Department of State.
“Pakistan can play an important role in facilitating peace in Afghanistan . Pakistan appreciated the constructive efforts by the China-Russia-US trilateral consultation on the Afghan peace process,” the statement read.
In the moot held in Beijing on July 10 and 11, the four sides exchanged views on the prevailing security situation and discussed joint efforts that are central to a political settlement to secure peace, stability and prosperity in the region.
Recognising Pakistan’s role in the Afghan endgame, the four sides collectively encouraged all parties to take steps to reduce violence leading to a “comprehensive and permanent ceasefire” in the country ravaged by decades of war.
The communique, released after months of peace negotiations in Doha, emphasises the significance of the trilateral consensus on the Afghan settlement reached in Moscow on April 25.
“All sides welcomed recent positive progress as the crucial parties concerned have advanced their talks and increased contacts with each other,” the statement continued.
During the course of the consultations, the four nations aim to secure “an orderly transition of the security situation and detail an agreement on a future inclusive political arrangement acceptable to all Afghans”.
They re-affirmed negotiations should be ‘Afghan-led and Afghan-owned’ and further agreed that these negotiations should produce a peace framework as soon as possible.
The major diplomatic development comes days after the White House confirmed the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to US.