PM Imran Khan stresses need to unfreeze Afghanistan’s financial assets
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday stressed the need to unfreeze Afghanistan’s financial assets after the Taliban’s takeover of the war-torn country.
“PM Imran stressed the need for unfreezing of Afghanistan’s financial assets to help support the Afghan people at this critical juncture, especially before the onset of the winter,” said the PM Office.
The premier made the remarks in a meeting with Chief of General Staff of Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri.
The PM welcomed the visiting dignitary and highlighted upward trajectory in bilateral engagement between Pakistan and Iran. The Prime Minister recalled meeting President Raisi in Dushanbe on the margins of SCO Summit, which had imparted further impetus to bilateral cooperation.
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In the meeting, the premier shared Pakistan’s perspective on the latest developments in Afghanistan and stressed that Pakistan and Iran as Afghanistan’s neighbours have a direct stake in the peace and stability of the country.
“Pakistan wishes to see a peaceful and stable Afghanistan with a sustainable economy and promoting connectivity,” ephasised the PM.
PM also told the Iranian general that the world must remain positively engaged with Afghanistan and provide the Taliban government with the “urgently needed humanitarian assistance”. He also called for steps to prevent an economic collapse in Afghanistan.
PM Imran Khan underscored the importance of national reconciliation and inclusive political settlement. He also emphasized continued close coordination between Pakistan and Iran, including through the platform of six neighbouring countries of Afghanistan established last month.
The PM Office shared that PM Imran while welcoming the visiting official, highlighted the upward trajectory in the bilateral engagement between Pakistan and Iran. He also recalled meeting President Raisi in Dushanbe on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan conveyed cordial greetings for President Raisi and renewed his invitation for him to visit Pakistan,” said the PM Office.
The PM also lauded Iran for its “steadfast support on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute”, especially by the country’s supreme leader.
Close cooperation between Islamabad and Tehran vital: COAS
Meanwhile, Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in his meeting with Iranian CGS urged the need for “close cooperation” between Islamabad and Tehran.
“Pakistan and Iran are two brotherly countries and our close cooperation is vital for regional peace and stability,” the army chief was quoted telling the Iranian official as per the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The military’s media wing said that the Iranian general and the army chief discussed a wide range of issues focusing on Afghanistan, regional security and border management, particularly fencing along the Pak-Iran border.
The ISPR said that both sides agreed to further enhance defence cooperation and work together for regional peace and a unified response to terrorism.
“During delegation-level meeting, Iranian delegation was given a comprehensive regional security appraisal and operational update besides briefing on the training regime of Pakistan Army including collaboration with friendly countries and conduct of various joint military exercises,” said the ISPR.
The military’s media wing shared that the Iranian CGS expressed his desire for further strengthening military to military ties particularly in counter-terrorism and training domains.
Earlier upon his arrival, Major General Bagheri was presented a guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent of the Pakistan Army. The visiting official also laid a floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada at the GHQ.
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