Pakistan says a negotiated peace in Afghanistan is the best for stability and prosperity of the country and the entire region.

This was stated by Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN, Dr Maleeha Lodhi while speaking in the 15-member Council's debate on Afghanistan.

She said it was gratifying that the international community had reached a firm consensus that a political settlement is the only way to achieve peace in Afghanistan.

She said peace in Afghanistan is in Pakistan's vital interest.

The Pakistani envoy said a promising beginning had been made to foster a negotiating process for peace talks in the last couple of months.

Ambassador Lodhi described the positive momentum generated by the successful meeting of the Heart of Asia process hosted by Islamabad.

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