Pakistan desires durable peace in Afghanistan: FM.

ISLAMABAD -- Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi reiterated on Wednesday that Pakistan desired a 'durable' solution to the longstanding Afghan conflict.

In a meeting with the head of Taliban's political office in Qatar Mullah Baradar Akhund and his eight-member delegation, the foreign minister stated that peace in Afghanistan was imperative for peace and stability in the entire region.

He further underscored that Pakistan and Afghanistan shared similar customs, were both Muslim-majority states and therefore should work closely to bring peace to the region.

'Pakistan has played its possible reconciliatory role in the agreement reached between the Afghan Taliban and the United States in Doha,' the foreign minister said.

Qureshi said the agreement on the rules for intra-Afghan talks was a welcome development.

'Pakistan has been stating since the beginning that the only way for peace in Afghanistan is meaningful and comprehensive dialogue,' he underscored adding that Pakistan wanted promotion of multifaceted ties with Afghanistan.

The Afghan Taliban delegation head Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar lauded Pakistan's reconciliatory efforts for peace in Afghanistan.

Delegation of the Taliban Political Commission arrived at New Islamabad International Airport (IIA) this morning from Doha on flight QR-632.

The delegation was received by senior Pakistani officials and escorted under tight security.

During their visit, the Afghan delegation will meet Prime Minister...

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