Pakistan says only a political settlement, fully cognizant of and responsive to the hard core socio-cultural, political and economic realities of Afghanistan, can restore peace in the country.
This was stated by Pakistan delegation at Moscow Format Consultations on Afghanistan aimed at promoting peace in war-torn country held in Moscow today.
The Pakistan delegation noted the phrase "Afghan-owned, Afghan-led" peace process, coined by Pakistan several years ago, has now been adopted as an international guiding principle in charting the collective way forward to achieving peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
It was first meeting of the Moscow Format with participation of Afghan High Peace Council representatives and Afghan Taliban delegation from its Qatar political office.
India and the United States were present in the meeting as observers.