Peace in Afghanistan important for economic progress

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Staff Reporter

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Thursday that peace in Afghanistan was inevitable for economic progress in Pakistan and other countries of the region.

Talking to Chairman Foreign Affairs Committee of US House of Representatives Gregory Meeks through video link, FM Qureshi said that Pakistan was desirous of peace in the region, including Afghanistan.

“Pakistan and the United States have the commonality of views about peace in the region,” the FM said.

“Peace is necessary for the promotion of regional linkages.” He said Pakistan has focused on geographical economic priorities.

Qureshi further apprised him about Pakistan’s concern on the rising trend of Islamophobia in the world.

“Pakistan has been raising voice against the growing trend of Islamophobia at different international forums, including the United Nations,” he said.