ISLAMABAD, Oct 22 (KUNA) -- While stressing on the need for enhanced
bilateral cooperation in the war against terrorism, Pakistan and Afghanistan
Wednesday said that peace talks will only be held with those who lay arms for
Afghan and Pakistani Foreign Ministers met here to discuss war against
terrorism, extremism and other issues related to bilateral relations as well
as the region.
Later, addressing a joint press conference, the two foreign ministers urged
to strengthen their cooperation in the war against terrorism for peace in the
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan wanted
good and friendly relations with Afghanistan. He said President Asif Ali
Zardari would visit Afghanistan by the year's end.
His Afghan counterpart, Rangin Dadfur Spanta, termed terrorism a main
challenge for the two countries and said that there was a dire need to make
the region peaceful.
He underlined the need to hold peace dialogue with tribal people and said
that Afghanistan was ready to hold dialogue with all those who lay down arms
for peace in the country.
Nobody in Afghanistan would be allowed to disturb peace in Pakistan, he
Afghan Minister said that agenda had been finalized for the Pak-Afghan
grand Jirga that would focus on finding ways and means to ensure peace in the
two countries. (end)
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