A spokesman for the Pakistani embassy in Moscow, Ghulam Bajwa, has announced that Pakistan welcomes a cease-fire agreement brokered between warring Afghan units in Kandahar. According to him, this step "to a great degree will help the implementation of the Bonn agreements and the establishment of a stable peace in Afghanistan." Bajwa also expressed his hope that the entire Afghan nation would make every effort to fulfil the Bonn agreements in order to rebuild the war-torn country. "The government and people of Pakistan whole-heartedly support this initiative of the fraternal nation of Afghanistan," the embassy spokesman said.
The remarks from the Pope came as "a very strong step towards degradation," "given the rather massive nature of homosexuality" among the Catholic clergy.