Pakistani FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi held important telephonic talk with Afghan counterpart

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Pakistani FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi held important telephonic talk with Afghan counterpart

ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has reaffirmed Pakistan's support to the Afghan peace process for a sustainable political settlement in the neighboring country.

"The intra-Afghan negotiations provide a historic opportunity to achieve an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement in Afghanistan for ending the long-lasting conflict," Qureshi said in a telephonic conversation with his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Friday.

He added Pakistan welcomed the announcement of the three-day Eid al-Fitr ceasefire by the Afghan parties recently, adding that efforts should continue for a permanent ceasefire.

Both sides also agreed to maintain high-level bilateral exchanges and work together for the further consolidation of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, according to the foreign ministry.