Qureshi, Gurbanguly discuss Afghanistan, bilateral ties


FM mulls Afghan situation with Iran’s counterpart

Observer Report

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday called on President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow in Ashgabat to discuss the Afghan situation and bilateral relations.

In his remarks, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan values its relations with Turkmenistan.

He said Pakistan is determined to further strengthen its economic relations with Turkmenistan through different projects such as TAPI.

The FM also apprised the President of Turkmenistan about Pakistan’s viewpoint regarding unfolding situation in Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister said Pakistan considers peace and stability in Afghanistan important for promotion of trade and connectivity in the region.

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow commended Pakistan’s efforts for a coordinated approach on Afghanistan.

Earlier, FM Qureshi had met his Tajik counterpart in Dushanbe. Both the foreign ministers had reviewed the latest developments in Afghanistan and agreed to remain in close contact.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian in Tehran on Thursday and discussed with him the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

“Pleased to meet FM Amirabdollahian in Tehran and shared congratulations on assumption of office,” the foreign minister wrote on his official Twitter handle.

He said he had “extensive discussions on regional security and a coordinated approach for Afghanistan to work towards security, stability and an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan”.

Speaking to the Iranian FM, Qureshi emphasised that peace in Afghanistan will ensure greater economic integration progress and connectivity.

He also invited FM Amirabdollahian to visit Pakistan to “build on Pakistan-Iran strong bilateral relations”.

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