Peace in Afghanistan vital for regional stability: Fatemi

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi has reiterated that peace in Afghanistan was vital for peace and stability of the entire region.

He was talking to the Director General Southeast and South West Asian Affairs Department of Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kazuya Nashida and Deputy Special Representative of Japan for Afghanistan and Pakistan Katsuhiko Takahashi in Islamabad.

Tariq Fatemi said that Pakistan would continue to contribute towards facilitating an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process.

He underscored that Pakistan regarded Japan as an important friend and development partner and the two countries enjoyed excellent cooperation in diverse fields.

He highlighted the Prime Minister’s policy of peaceful neighborhood and non-interference in the region. He reiterated Pakistan’s desire to build a constructive and trust-based relationship with all its neighbours.

The two Japanese Envoys stressed that Japan attached great importance to its relations with Pakistan and would continue to explore ways to further strengthen the existing bilateral ties between the two sides.

They also appreciated Pakistan’s role in promoting peace and stability in the region, in line with its policy for a peaceful neighbourhood.

Radio Pakistan