Tripartite commission for local solution to Afghan conflict

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran agreed Saturday that there can be no foreign solution to the Afghan conflict.

A tripartite commission of the three countries said it will present a common agenda at the upcoming conference on Afghanistan in London.

The commission’s meeting was held at the Foreign Office in Islamabad and foreign ministers of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran participated in the meeting.

The commission reiterated its commitment to a regional rather than a foreign solution of the crisis.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi stressed that regional stability, peace and development were the common objectives of the three countries, for which regional integration was essential.

Qureshi also raised the issue of the US troop surge in Afghanistan and its expected spill over effect on Pakistan.

Qureshi said Pakistan wanted a stable Afghanistan.

“Pakistan intends to make the tripartite commission a strength to help further development in the region,” he added.

Meanwhile, Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta and Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki agreed to abolish all terrorist elements from their countries. They also emphasised on expediting the process of dialogue with Taliban factions. — DawnNews

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