PEAK POINTISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui on Thursday said Pakistan is
hopeful that US-Taliban peace talks will reach a logical conclusion, resulting in intra-Afghan negotiations
and eventual peace in the war-torn country.During her weekly press briefing, the FO spokesperson
stated that the possibility of reconciliation between both parties was discussed during the visit of US
Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad to Pakistan. She added that
Pakistan is closely watching the developments between the US and Taliban.Referring to the protests
outside the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul, the spokesperson noted that the matter has been raised with the
relevant Afghan authorities.On the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day, the spokesperson further stated
that ceremonies were held at Pakistan’s embassies and high commissions around the world to express
support to the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir, in their struggle for their right to self-
determination.The FO also reaffirmed Pakistan’s deep engagements with the Organisation of Islamic
Cooperation (OIC) regarding the Kashmir issue. She said OIC has been a strong proponent of the cause
and has played a dynamic role in bringing the issue to the forefront at international forums, adding that
several OIC resolutions have been passed on different aspects of the dispute – including the gross
human rights violation in the valley.Farooqui further added that Pakistan remains engaged with the OIC
at the leadership level and several ideas are discussed on a regular basis. In September 2019, OIC held
ministerial meetings on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and the report
issued condemned the brutalities by the Indian armed forces.The FO spokesperson said Pakistan holds
warm and cordial relations with Turkey and intends on solidifying bilateral ties on the upcoming visit of
Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Speaking about the coronavirus outbreak, Farooqui said only
four Pakistani students have been affected by the virus in China, but are reportedly stable.


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