AA / Islamabad
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, his US counterpart Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan.
In a statement, Pakistani Diplomacy said on Friday that the meeting took place on the sidelines of their participation in the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate comprehensive political reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan. He stressed that the formation of a stable, diversified government that preserves the gains made since 2001 could save the country from terrorists.
In addition, the Head of Pakistani Diplomacy referred to the creation of a new political universe in Afghanistan, stressing the need for the Taliban movement to fulfill its obligations, as well as the commitment of the international community to the Afghan people to face to the economic crisis.
Qureshi said the world would no longer make the mistake of severing ties with Afghanistan.
Regarding relations with the United States, Qureshi said Islamabad wants a close-knit relationship with Washington to serve their economic interests.
He also returned to the human rights violations committed in Jammu and Kashmir, currently under Indian control. He said that resolving this conflict is important for achieving lasting peace and stability in South Asia.
For his part, Blinken thanked Pakistan for its assistance in the evacuation of United States nationals and for its continued efforts to establish peace in the region.
This is, in fact, the first meeting held between the two ministers since the arrival of Joe Biden to the American Presidency last January.
* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni
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