Pakistan ‘not to participate in Moscow conference’ on Afghanistan


Pakistan will not be participating in the conference of regional stakeholders regarding Afghanistan, which is scheduled to be held this week in Moscow, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesperson said on Thursday.

FO spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, in a weekly press briefing, said Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan are in coordination on several important issues and currently “we do not want to divulge any particular agenda under discussion among the three”. Last week, Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan, Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department Zamir Kabulov told TASS that a meeting on Afghanistan will be held in Moscow. “Yes, that’s true,” he had said replying to a question on the matter.

“There will be regional participants, the secretaries of the security councils of countries in the region are invited — our Central Asian partners, as well as Pakistan, India and China,” the diplomat had explained. Baloch further briefed the press that “Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Ubaid Ur Rehman Nizamani is still in Pakistan. We are observing the situation from every perspective and the foreign office has not yet decided to send back Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan”.

Talks with Afghanistan on intelligence and security are already underway, she added.

While responding to the question about the Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Asim Munir’s visit to the US, she said: “We are not aware of the army chief’s trip to the US. ISPR could inform better on this matter.”