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Pakistan Finance Minister Qureshi discusses Afghan situation with several counterparts

In his conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi emphasized that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was of critical importance for Pakistan and the region, according to the Pakistan Foreign Office.  

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Islamabad Published on: August 21, 2021 23:31 IST
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Pakistan Finance Minister Qureshi discusses Afghan situation with several counterparts

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday held telephonic interactions with his counterparts from Russia, Germany Turkey, the Netherlands, Belgium, and with the OIC chief on the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan.

In his conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Qureshi emphasized that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was of critical importance for Pakistan and the region, according to the Pakistan Foreign Office.

“Pakistan had consistently supported the Afghan peace process,” he said, adding that Pakistan and Russia, as part of Troika Plus, had made valuable contributions to these efforts.

The two foreign ministers agreed to continue working closely through the Troika Plus format.

Qureshi highlighted that an inclusive political settlement was the best way forward for peace and stability in Afghanistan, and said Pakistan was fully supporting efforts in that direction.

He stressed the importance of ensuring safety and security as well as the protection of rights of all Afghans.

The foreign minister also apprised his Russian counterpart of Pakistan’s outreach to regional countries for consultations on dealing with the challenges arising out of developments in Afghanistan.

He informed Lavrov that at the request of several governments, Pakistan was facilitating the evacuation of their diplomatic personnel, staff of international organizations, media, and others from Afghanistan, the Foreign Office said.

Qureshi expressed satisfaction at the upward trajectory of Pakistan-Russia relations and reiterated the government’s resolve for early implementation of the agreement on the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline Project.

The two foreign ministers agreed to boost bilateral cooperation in different areas, enhance high-level exchanges, and remain in close contact on matters relating to Afghanistan.

Qureshi received a telephone call from German counterpart Heiko Maas and the two leaders exchanged views on the latest developments in Afghanistan.

“We must work together to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan,” Qureshi told Maas, adding that the international community’s support for the Afghan peace process would be vital.

He stressed that it was important for the international community to remain engaged in support of the Afghan people for ensuring humanitarian and economic assistance.

Qureshi called Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu and exchanged views on bilateral relations and reviewed the latest situation in Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan’s National Security Committee (NSC) had underscored the importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan for Pakistan and the region and hoped that the Afghan leaders would work together to achieve an inclusive political settlement.

The two foreign ministers agreed to coordinate closely on the situation in Afghanistan, the Foreign Office said.

Qureshi also received a telephone call from Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes who exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan.

He underscored the importance of the world community to support the people of Afghanistan to address the humanitarian situation for economic sustenance.

The Belgian foreign minister thanked Pakistan for its support and facilitation in evacuation.

Qureshi spoke with Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag about the Afghan situation. The two leaders agreed that international cooperation was important for the prosperity of the Afghan people.

He also spoke with the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen.

Qureshi told Al-Othaimeen that Pakistan will continue to play its constructive role in Afghanistan.

He said it was imperative for the international community to remain engaged with Afghanistan including by supporting the country’s economy, reconstruction, rehabilitation, and humanitarian needs.

He added that it was also important for the Muslims to show traditional solidarity with the Afghan people in their quest for a peaceful, united, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

The OIC Secretary-General apprised Qureshi of the OIC Executive Meeting that has been convened in Jeddah on August 22 to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. 

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