Afghan FM Muttaqi arrives Islamabad today

Observer Report

Afghanistan’s foreign ministry confirmed on Tuesday that a “senior Afghan delegation” led by Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutaqqi will visit Pakistan today.

The spokesman of the foreign ministry Abdul Qahar Balkhi made the announcement on Twitter.

According to the spokesman, the visiting delegation will discuss bilateral ties between the two countries as well as the economy, transit, refugees and expanding facilities for the movement of people.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who had visited Kabul last month, had invited Muttaqi to Islamabad. It will be the first visit to Pakistan by an Afghan minister since the Taliban took control of Kabul on Aug 15.

Pakistan has not recognised the Taliban government, however, Taliban officials have been allowed to take control of the Afghan embassy in Islamabad as well as consulates in Peshawar, Karachi and Quetta.

Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Khan, who had called on Muttaqi in Kabul on Sunday, tweeted that they had discussed measures for strengthening bilateral trade, transit, movement of people and humanitarian engagement.

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