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Regional cooperation stressed for sustainable security

Regional cooperation stressed for sustainable security

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Nov 16, 2017 - 08:21

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Regional cooperation will result in sustainable security, an Afghan official said on Wednesday, stressing the need for cordial relations between Kabulinfo-icon and Islamabad.

Dr Attaullah Wahidyar, senior advisor to the Ministry of Educationinfo-icon, hoped improved ties between the neighbours would pave the ground for a more secure and prosperous region.

He said Pakistaninfo-icon had concerns about India’s interest in Afghanistaninfo-icon, which wanted good relations with all the neighbouring countries. He admitted there was no chance of exploitation of mineral resources of Afghanistan unless normalcy returned to the country.

Speaking at an international conference on “Regional Dynamics and Strategic Concerns in South Asia” in Islamabad, Wahidyar referred to Pakistan’s concerns about India’s interest in Afghanistan.

He said Afghanistan desired cooperative relations with all neighbouring countries. Afghanistan’s immense mineral wealth would remain untapped as long as normalcy did not return to the country, he added.

Pakistan’s former ambassador to Afghanistan Rustam Shah Mohmand said the ongoing conflict had implications for regional countries.

Instability in Afghanistan would impede regional energy projects, affect trade through different routes and obstruct the smooth execution of work on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he warned.

Determined efforts were needed to bring stability to Afghanistan, where violence had left the region losing immense economic opportunities, the former ambassador said.

Pakistan would benefit the most if there was stability in Afghanistan and in the same way it would suffer the most if the war raged on in that country, he remarked.

Vladimir Potapenko, deputy secretary-general of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), said they desired peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He urged the government in Kabul to respect human rights and freedoms and maintain friendly relations with its neighbours. The Astana declaration supported efforts of the government and people of Afghanistan for creating a stable state, free of terrorism and illegal drug trafficking.

Ex-ambassador Mohammad Sadiq called the in Afghanistan a stalemate, saying the government of President Ashraf Ghani would not collapse. He linked differences in the government to continuing instability.

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