Avenue of peace to Afghanistan hard but workable: Maleeha Lodhi

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NEW YORK : Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations (UN) Maleeha Lodhi has said avenue of peace to Afghanistan is hard but it is workable.
Speaking at the UN Security Council’s (UNSC) quarterly debate on Afghanistan she said the prospects of peace and security have brightened in Afghanistan due to recent development.
A 3-day ceasefire between Afghan government and Taliban on the eve of Eid has brought an unexpected pause after 17 years of war, she remarked. A few days ceasefire has generated opportunity and peace, she added.
She went on to say there is enough consensus among Taliban leadership for dialogue to find political solution.
Capitalizing on opportunity sincere efforts should be made for durable peace in Afghanistan, she stressed.
Ashraf Ghani and US secretary of state have given indication for talks with Taliban on the matter of foreign troops, she held.
She observed that the strongest world armies could not resolve Afghan issue in 17 years war. Path of peace to Afghanistan is hard but it is workable, she added.
She reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment and support to a peace process for a political settlement, emphasizing that Pakistan has participated in all regional and international forums on peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan including the Moscow format.
She stated the recently concluded Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) will provide a structured platform for engagement between the two countries in all spheres, political, economic and military.
She underscored that quest for peace through process of dialogue is priority of Afghan government, neighboring countries and international community, she added.

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