Current situation in Afghanistan requires sustained international engagement, Says FM Quraishi

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi had a telephone conversation with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission, Mr. Josep Borrell, on Sunday.

The Foreign Minister shared Pakistan’s perspective on the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

The Foreign Minister stressed that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was of critical importance for Pakistan and the region. Consistent with Pakistan’s long-standing stance, the Foreign Minister underlined the importance of an inclusive political solution. He expressed the hope that the Afghan leaders would work together to achieve that end. For its part, the Foreign Minister reaffirmed, Pakistan will continue to support all efforts in this direction.

The Foreign Minister underlined that the highest priorities remained ensuring safety and security as well as protection of the rights of all Afghans.

Foreign Minister Qureshi added that the current situation in Afghanistan required sustained international engagement. At this critical juncture, it was vitally important to remain in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan and extend support to them, both in the humanitarian arena and for economic sustenance.

The Foreign Minister noted that Pakistan remained in close contact with regional and international partners. He briefed Mr. Borrell of his interactions with several counterparts from Europe. Underlining the importance of regional perspective, the Foreign Minister informed Mr. Josep Borrell about his upcoming visit to the neighbouring countries to coordinate on issues relating to the situation in Afghanistan.

The Foreign Minister highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to facilitate evacuation of diplomatic personnel and staff of international organizations and others from Afghanistan. The Foreign Minister assured full support of the Government of Pakistan to the EU in their evacuation efforts.

It was agreed by both sides to remain in contact and to coordinate closely on the evolving situation.

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