UK wants to partner with Pakistan to help fleeing Afghans: Dominic Raab

Web Desk BOL News

03rd Sep, 2021. 03:07 pm

United Kingdom’s top diplomat Dominic Raab announced on Friday that it wants to partner with Pakistan in developing a solution for the fleeing Afghans.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad alongside Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, UK’s foreign secretary shared that his country will provide £30 million of life saving support to Afghanistan’s neighbours, including Pakistan, so that they can assist the fleeing Afghans.

“The aim is to provide shelter, household necessities and sanitation to the fleeing Afghans. We recognise this problem and we want to be partner in solution with a key partner like Pakistan,” said Raab who is on a two-day trip to Islamabad.

UK’s top diplomat, who is on a two-day trip to Islamabad, said that London is mindful of the situation that has been created for Afghanistan’s neighbors. He assured the reporters that the UK will be shouldering its humanitarian responsibility.

Speaking about his talks with Qureshi, the UK minister said that the two discussed matters of humanitarian lifeline and regional stability. He also shared that the talks also focused on ensuring that Afghanistan does not become a safe haven for terrorists once again.

Describing his meeting with the Foreign Minister Qureshi constructive and cordial, Dominic Raab said both Pakistan and the UK enjoy strong relations.  He said his country desires to take the relationship to the next level.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that he briefed Raab on the legislative and administrative steps taken by Pakistan to get out of the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).  He also urged the UK to support Pakistan at the forum.

Earlier, on his arrival at the Foreign Office, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi received Raab.

UK’s top diplomat had arrived in Islamabad last night to discuss the “evolving situation in Afghanistan” with the Pakistani officials. The FO said that Islamabad and London have closely engaged on the latest developments in Afghanistan.

Last month, PM Imran Khan and his UK counterpart Boris Johnson had a “comprehensive exchange of views” in a telephone conversation.

While Raab had also called Foreign Minister Qureshi twice last month to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

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