FM Qureshi briefs counterparts on Afghan situation

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23rd Aug, 2021. 06:39 pm
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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday underscored that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was of critical importance for Pakistan and the region.

In a telephonic conversation with his Saudi counterpart His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Qureshi expressed the hope that Afghan parties would work for an inclusive political settlement to ensure sustainable peace and security in the country and the region.

He also stressed the importance of the international community’s active and sustained engagement with the Afghan people.

The foreign minister also apprised his Saudi counterpart of Pakistan’s efforts to facilitate the evacuation of personnel and staff of diplomatic missions, international organisations, media and others from Afghanistan.

In the bilateral context, the two foreign ministers reviewed the implementation of the decisions taken during the visit of the Saudi Foreign Minister to Pakistan in July 2021.

Expressing satisfaction on the growing momentum in bilateral relations, the two foreign ministers agreed to further strengthen cooperation in diverse fields. The two also agreed to continue close collaboration on all the issues of common interests.

Foreign Minister Qureshi also thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in its capacity as the current chair of the OIC Summit, for convening the OIC’s extraordinary meeting at the level of permanent representatives on August 22 to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

Swedish Foreign Minister

FM Qureshi also met Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Ann Linde and briefed her on the latest situation in Afghanistan.

Qureshi said that in the last few days he had been in touch with several European and other foreign ministers to exchange views on Afghanistan.

“No other country wants a peaceful and stable Afghanistan more than Pakistan,” Qureshi said, adding that Pakistan had consistently advocated for an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan as the best way forward and had been supporting efforts in that direction.

The foreign minister emphasised that the immediate priority was to ensure safety, security and protection of the rights of all Afghans.

As a responsible member of the international community, Pakistan was fully facilitating several European countries, international organisations and media agencies to evacuate their nationals/employees and others from Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister Qureshi highlighted the importance of the international community’s sustained engagement with Afghanistan.

“[The] international community must show solidarity and support with the people of Afghanistan, both in the humanitarian arena and economic sustenance,” he added.

He also informed Foreign Minister Ann Linde of his upcoming visit to neighbouring Afghanistan to consult them on the developing situation.

Foreign Minister Linde conveyed her government’s deep appreciation for Pakistan’s assistance in the evacuation of Swedish Embassy staff and others from Kabul.

Both the foreign ministers expressed the resolve to further strengthen bilateral relations in all spheres, especially in trade, education and innovation.

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