The Pakistani foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, has said in a tweet posted today, Sunday, April 18, that he looks forward to meeting his Afghan counterpart at the Istanbul conference on Afghanistan that is due to take place in the coming days in Turkey’s western Istanbul city.
Qureshi said his country would support progress in the Afghan peace process.
The Pakistani foreign minister said he had discussed bilateral issues with the Afghan foreign minister, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, and he would look forward to hosting him in Pakistan.
In a phone conversation, Pakistani foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and his Afghan counterpart, Mohammad Haneef Atmar discussed the latest developments and progress on the intra-Afghan dialogue that aims to bring an end to the decades-long conflict in the war-torn country, said a statement by the Pakistani foreign ministry.
Spoke to FM @MHaneefAtmar on bilat relations & evolving Afghan Peace Process.We support reconciliation in 🇦🇫 and progress in peace process, in Istanbul. I look forward to meeting FM Atmar at Istanbul Conf & to hosting him in Pakistan soon after to discuss a way forward post conf.
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) April 18, 2021
Turkey will host a 10-day conference on Afghanistan that will start from April 24 to May 05. Earlier last week, the Turkish foreign ministry officially announced that Turkey, Qatar, and the United Nations would cooperate to host a conference on the Afghan peace process. Last Tuesday, Turkish officials said the Afghan government and the Taliban would attend the meeting on Afghanistan’s future. But a Taliban spokesperson later said that the group would not attend any summit until all foreign forces leave the country.
Last week The White House announced that all American forces from Afghanistan will be pulled out by September 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on American’s Twin Tower.