Stability in Afghanistan important for region, FM Qureshi tells Chinese counterpart


ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi underlined that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was of critical importance for Pakistan and the region.

The foreign minister stated this during a telephonic conversation with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday.

In this perspective, Pakistan had assiduously supported the Afghan peace process, Qureshi added.

The two Foreign Ministers exchanged views on the evolving situation in Afghanistan. Pakistan and China, as part of Troika Plus, had made valuable contribution to these efforts.

FM Qureshi added that in the given situation, it was extremely important to ensure safety and security as well as protection of rights of the Afghan people.

He stressed that an inclusive political settlement was essential, for which all Afghans should work together.

He said that it was equally important for the international community to remain engaged in support of the Afghan people.

Qureshi emphasized that the international community must also have sustained economic engagement with Afghanistan.

He also apprised Foreign Minister Wang Yi of Pakistan’s efforts to facilitate the evacuation of personnel and staff of diplomatic missions, international organizations, media and others from Afghanistan.

He remarked that Pakistan and China were ‘iron brothers’ and strategic partners. The two countries had the tradition of maintaining close coordination and communication on issues of common interest and significance, he added.

Foreign Minister Qureshi and State Councilor Wang Yi agreed to remain in close contact to promote the shared objectives.

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