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Terrorism threat to regional peace, economic stability: Khar

December 19, 2012

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. -Reuters Photo

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Wednesday said terrorism, militancy and incidents of violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan are a threat for regional peace and is badly affecting economic conditions in both the countries.

Talking to private television channel, she said Pakistan wanted the United States to have a responsible exit plan from Afghanistan in order to keep regional peace and stability.

The foreign Minister said Pakistan's role is to assist the Afghan government in achieving its objectives and responsible transition and exit of US is possible through process of reconciliation.

She said national reconciliation between Afghan Taliban and the country's national government will be necessary for a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan.

Replying to a question, she said peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan authorities in future should be held in Kabul and not on foreign soil.

She said intra-Afghan dialogue will be needed to maintain peace in Afghanistan.

The foreign minister said that Pakistan sees it role as a facilitator which helps Afghans to maintain their sovereignty and take decisions according to their own needs.

She also said the international community has a consensus that peace and stability should be maintained in Afghanistan.

Replying to another question, Hina Rabbani Khar said Pakistan wants to maintain good relations with all neighbouring countries including India.

She added Pakistan is enjoying cordial relations with Iran and the ties between the two countries will strengthen further in future.