Islamabad:  Japanese ambassador to Pakistan  Matsuda Kuninori Monday welcomed the signing of peace agreement between the US government and the Afghan Taliban including the planned  US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and commencement of intra- Afghan negotiations on February 29 in Doha, as very positive developments in the Afghan peace process.

On this historic occasion, Ambassador Matsuda highly appreciated an important and constructive role of Pakistan in facilitating the peace process.

He reaffirmed that the government of Japan strongly hopes that the forthcoming negotiations will make a steady and constructive progress in order to realize an Afghan-led durable and comprehensive peace.

He reiterated that Government of Japan will continue to actively contribute to the peace and stability of Afghanistan in collaboration with international community and look forward to working closely with Pakistan.