ISLAMABAD – Pakistani envoy called for “unconditional” talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban to bring peace to Afghanistan.
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Afghanistan’s situation, Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan's ambassador to the UN, said neither side in the conflict can impose a military solution on each other.
The Pakistani envoy called for a negotiated end to the war.
"Neither the Coalition and Kabul, nor the Afghan Taliban, can impose a military solution on each other," she said. "Sixteen years of war, waged by the world's most powerful forces, has not secured a military solution.”
She added: “The promotion of a political settlement and the pursuit of a military solution in Afghanistan are mutually incompatible."
The Pakistani envoy said her country had consistently proposed a political settlement as the most viable course to end the decades of conflict and suffering in Afghanistan.
Ambassador Lodhi also called on the Taliban to leave violence and join the negotiations table and engage in a serious of dialogue for peace.