Minister: (Pakistan welcomes dialogue offer made by Afghan President to Taliban)

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif has welcomed the dialogue offer made by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to the Taliban.

Talking to the media persons here on Thursday, he said Afghan Taliban are a political entity and Pakistan supports the dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

The foreign minister said Pakistan desires peace and stability in the neighboring country. He stressed there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict.

Responding to a question, Khawaja Mohammad Asif said that Pakistan will frame its foreign policy keeping in view the national interests. He said we will not sacrifice our own interests for the protection of the interests of the United States.

The foreign minister also asked Washington to strike a balance in its policy towards South Asia.