Pakistan High Commissioner Khattak Calls on Ambassador Haidari
Colombo: - As part of his engagements with the Colombo-based diplomats, Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari hosted today his Pakistani counterpart High Commissioner Saad Khattak at the Afghanistan House on March 9, 2021. They discussed a wide range of issues, including the need for enhanced regional security and economic cooperation.
Ambassador Haidari noted that the achievement of sustainable, dignified peace in Afghanistan would not only end the four-decade suffering of the Afghan people but also make notable contributions to the peace and prosperity of Afghanistan's neighborhood.
For the sake of achieving dignified peace, a demand and desire of every Afghan, the Government of Afghanistan made an unprecedented concession, releasing over 5000 Taliban prisoners so that the Taliban would cease violence and opt for a meaningful negotiated political settlement. To the contrary, however, the Taliban have escalated terrorist attacks across Afghanistan, including targeted killings, whose victims remain innocent civilians in urban and rural areas.
To end the victimization of Afghans, Ambassador Haidari called for sincere regional cooperation, which should tangibly help deprive the Taliban of the support resources that drive their deadly terror campaign in Afghanistan with long-term implications for regional stability and international peace and security.