Qureshi discuss Afghan situation with Russian, Belgian and German FMs

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ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held discussion with global leaders on the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

He talked to Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes, German FM Heiko Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Qureshi underscored the importance of security, stability, inclusive political settlement to Afghanistan issue.

The Pakistani foreign minister added that it was essential for the world community to support the people of Afghanistan to address humanitarian situation for the economic sustenance.

He highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to facilitate evacuation of diplomatic personnel and staff of international organizations and others from Afghanistan.

The Belgian Foreign Minister conveyed thanks for Pakistan’s support and facilitation in their evacuation endeavours.

Talking to German official, Qureshi underlined the critical importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan. He added that an inclusive political settlement was the best way forward and Pakistan supported efforts in that direction.

The Foreign Minister added that Pakistan was working closely with regional and international partners and that Pakistan and Germany had convergent views. The Foreign Minister highlighted that Pakistan was undertaking wide diplomatic outreach to promote shared objectives.

He also stressed that it was important for the international community to remain engaged in support of the Afghan people for ensuring humanitarian and economic assistance.

He also invited the German Foreign Minister to visit Pakistan to carry forward the process of substantive engagement between the two countries and close consultations on the Afghanistan issue.

In conversation with Turkish counterpart, he said that Pakistan’s National Security Committee (NSC) had underscored the importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan for Pakistan and the region.

Talking to Russia’s Lavrov, the foreign minister of Pakistan emphasized that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was of critical importance for Pakistan and the region. Pakistan had consistently supported the Afghan peace process.

He added that Pakistan and Russia, as part of Troika Plus, had made valuable contributions to these efforts. The two Foreign Ministers agreed to continue working closely through the Troika Plus format.

Foreign Minister Qureshi stressed the importance of ensuring safety and security as well as protection of rights of all Afghans.

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