Friday, December 9

Foreign Minister held meetings with Turkey and Saudi Arabia’s counterparts; discussed evolving situation in Afghanistan 

Islamabad, September 23, 2021 (PPI-OT):Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has stressed the need for sustained international engagement to support lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan. He was talking to his Turkish Counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, on the side-lines of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, in New York today. Shah Mahmood Qureshi he underscored the need for a coordinated approach to avert an economic collapse in Afghanistan. Besides, he also called for the urgent provision of humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.

He said that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan will contribute towards promotion of connectivity and regional prosperity. The two Foreign Ministers reviewed their close bilateral relations and discussed steps to further enhance cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey in all areas.

They also exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan as well as other regional and global issues. Foreign Minister Qureshi thanked Foreign Minister Cavusoglu for the support extended by the government and people of Turkey to the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination, especially by President Erdogan including in his address to the UNGA session this year.

Meanwhile, Shah Mahmood Qureshi also held a meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud. The two Foreign Ministers expressed satisfaction at the close cooperation between the two fraternal countries in all spheres including at the United Nations.

They discussed a number of issues of bilateral importance and also exchanged views on the latest situation in Afghanistan. Foreign Minister Qureshi underlined that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have historic and deep-rooted fraternal ties which have stood the test of time. He also apprised his counterpart on the ongoing human rights violations and illegal demographic changes in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Foreign Minister Qureshi stressed that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is of crucial importance for Pakistan and the region. He said that sustained and positive engagement of the international community is critical for preventing a humanitarian crisis, averting an economic collapse, and supporting long-term development and stability in Afghanistan. The two Foreign Ministers agreed to strengthen cooperation in diverse fields and continue close collaboration on all issues of mutual interest.

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