Statement of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
KABUL – The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan met on Friday in Tashkent on the sidelines of the Central and South Asia Connectivity Summit to discuss the latest political and security developments in Afghanistan.
Both sides expressed deep concern over the escalation of violence in Afghanistan and its grave repercussions for the stability of the two countries and the region. They agreed to jointly address the current situation through the following measures:
1. To end the bloodshed in Afghanistan, the two countries agreed to undertake necessary measures in mutual consultation and establish a joint monitoring and verification mechanism to address each other’s security concerns and evaluate the results of their joint cooperation.
2. The two sides agreed to utilize all available means and resources to ensure permanent and sustainable peace in Afghanistan and to make joint practical efforts to secure a political settlement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban.
3. The two leaders agreed to address the current environment of skepticism and suspicion by taking concrete measures to achieve tangible results in the peace process and end the bloodshed in Afghanistan as well as strengthening State to State relations between the two countries.
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will welcome all efforts by the Government of Pakistan to help stop the bloodshed and ensure lasting peace in Afghanistan.