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London summit on Afghanistan concludes, statement issued

LONDON: The trilateral London summit on Afghanistan concluded today with a statement issued stressing upon Britain, Pakistan and Afghanistan to jointly make all-out efforts for peace in the region, SAMAA reported Tuesday.

President Asif Ali Zardari said the peace in Afghanistan means peace in Pakistan. It should be mentioned here that heads of three countries Pakistan, Afghanistan and host Britain supported opening of an office in Qatar for talks with Taliban.

The joint statement issued from Downing Street said, “All sides agreed on the urgency of this work and committed themselves to take all necessary measures to achieve the goal of a peace settlement over the next six months.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron joined the two presidents i.e. President Hamid Karzai and President Zardari in expressing backing for the opening of an office in Qatar for holding peace talks with the Taliban and urging the insurgents to enter into a dialogue.

Addressing a joint press conference after the close of trilateral summit, President Zardari said the neighbors cannot be changed; hence, Pakistan wants peace in the region.

David Cameron said it is high time for initiation of peaceful political process in Afghanistan; everybody should come forward and join hands, adding, “This should lead to a future where all Afghans can participate peacefully in that country’s political process.”

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