‘Vital to stabilise security situation’ in Afghanistan, PM Imran Khan tells Italian FM

Web Desk

06th Sep, 2021. 08:40 pm

Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the world on Monday that it was “vital to stabilise the security situation” in Afghanistan at the country’s critical juncture.

“It is vital to stabilise the security situation in Afghanistan, take steps to consolidate peace, and preclude any mass exodus of refugees,” Prime Minister Imran told Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio in a meeting at the PM House in Islamabad. The PM added that in this context there is an urgent need to prevent a “humanitarian crisis and stabilize” Afghanistan’s economy.

The PM Office said that during the meeting the two leaders exchanged views on the latest developments in Afghanistan and bilateral relations.

The PM told Italy’s top diplomat that Pakistan has “suffered enormously due to protracted conflict and instability in Afghanistan”.

“As such, a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan was in the best interest of Pakistan as well as regional countries,” he reiterated to the visiting official. He added that it was vital for the international community to “stand in solidarity with the Afghan people” by taking positive engagement.

The PM also told Mario that Italy was a vital partner for Pakistan and stressed “the importance of enhanced collaboration in diverse areas, including trade and investments, defence, and people-to-people contacts”.

FM Maio thanks Pakistan

The PM House shared that Foreign Minister Maio thanked Islamabad for facilitating Italy in its evacuation operations. He underscored Italy’s commitment to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.

The Italian Foreign Minister also conveyed an invitation to the prime minister to visit Italy, while PM Imran also extended an invitation to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi to visit Pakistan.

Maio’s meeting with Qureshi

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Earlier, the Italian foreign minister also held a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Foreign Office (FO).

According to the FO, Qureshi shared with his Italian counterpart Pakistan’s perspective on the evolving situation in Afghanistan. He also shared with Maio Pakistan’s efforts for regional peace, security and stability.

Qureshi underscored the need for the international community to enhance engagement with Afghanistan with positive messaging and through constructive actions. In particular, he emphasised the imperatives of addressing the urgent humanitarian needs and ensuring the economic stability of Afghanistan.

During the meeting, Qureshi also extended an invitation to the Italian Foreign Minister to visit Pakistan for the second ministerial review under the strategic engagement plan.

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