PM Imran, German FM discuss Pak-India tension

PM Imran, German FM discuss Pak-India tension
ISLAMABAD: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday at the PM House.

According to sources, the prime minister and German foreign minister discussed Pak-India tension and the peace overtures made by Pakistan.

The two also discussed Pak-German relations and the security situation in the region.

Prior to meeting the prime minister, Maas met Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

In a news conference following their meeting, Qureshi said the government is ensuring implementation of the National Action Plan.

“Pakistan is taking steps to deal with extremism in consultation with the political leadership,” Qureshi added.

The German foreign minister suggested that negotiations be held for de-escalation in tensions between Pakistan and India and for resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

Pakistan’s foreign minister says “progress has been made” at ongoing peace talks in Qatar between the Taliban and the US that have stretched over two weeks.

Mr. Qureshi didn’t elaborate, though he added: “Pakistan has encouraged all factions within Afghanistan to sit together and have a meaningful intra-Afghan dialogue.”

The talks between US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives have gone on days longer than initially expected in Doha, the Qatari capital.

The US had asked Pakistan to assist in its efforts to find a negotiated peace with the Taliban to end the longest war in American history.

The Taliban refuse to negotiate with Kabul, which isn’t taking part in the Qatar talks.

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