PM Imran Khan urges international community to support Afghans
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan underscored that a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan was vitally important for Pakistan and regional stability.
In a telephonic conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the premier said that besides ensuring safety, security and protection of rights of Afghans, an inclusive political settlement was the best way forward.
“The international community must stay positively engaged in support of the people of Afghanistan, to help address the humanitarian needs and ensure economic sustenance,” PM Imran was quoted as saying.
Prime Minister Imran Khan received a telephone call from Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, today.
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He underscored the importance of coordinated approaches in addressing the evolving situation and noted that Pakistan attached high importance of the role of the Troika Plus format.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed satisfaction at the upward trajectory of Pakistan-Russia relations, with increased high-level exchanges and growing cooperation in diverse fields.
He reiterated the government’s resolve to strengthen trade relations as well as bilateral collaboration in the energy sector, including early realisation of the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline Project.
The two leaders agreed to closely cooperate within the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) for promoting regional peace and security and also exchanged views on bilateral relations.
The premier reiterated his invitation to president Putin to visit Pakistan.
Putin, Xi Jinping discuss Afghanistan
The Russian president also spoke to his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping and stressed over the need to prevent instability from spreading to other parts of the region.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin exchanged views on Afghanistan in a call, a day after leaders of the G-7 countries met to discuss the crisis.
Xi urged all parties in Afghanistan to build an open and inclusive political framework, implement moderate, stable policies and cut ties with all terrorist groups.
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