Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Tuesday arrived in Tehran to attend the second ministerial meeting of Afghanistan’s close neighbours scheduled to be held tomorrow.
Iran’s Ambassador to Pakistan Mohammad-Ali Hosseini and Pakistan’s envoy in Iran Rahim Hayat Qureshi received the foreign minister upon arrival at the airport.
FM Qureshi has been invited by his Iranian counterpart, Dr Hussein Amir Abdollahian. The FM will present Pakistan’s viewpoint at the meeting on the current situation in Afghanistan.
He will also hold talks with the Iranian leadership.
Pakistan believes that the neighbours have a direct stake in the peace, stability and prosperity of Afghanistan, read a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson ahead of FM Qureshi’s Iran visit.
It added that it is, therefore, important to remain engaged with a view to evolving a coordinated regional approach.
Pakistan will continue to support the international community’s efforts to promote the shared objectives of a peaceful, stable, connected and prosperous Afghanistan, the ministry’s spokesperson said.
The first ministerial meeting of the neighbouring countries of Afghanistan was held on September 8 at Pakistan’s initiative. It concluded with a joint statement, reflecting the neighbouring countries’ approach to Afghanistan.
The foreign ministers of China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated. The ministerial meeting was preceded by a virtual meeting of the special representatives/ envoys of the six neighbouring countries.
Pakistan, China call on world to provide humanitarian help to Afghanistan
Earlier today, Pakistan and China called on the international community to provide immediate humanitarian and economic assistance to the people of Afghanistan to alleviate their suffering, prevent instability and flight of people, as well as continued engagement for the rebuilding of the country.
This came during a telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday.
They agreed to further strengthen bilateral economic and commercial ties, including the full realisation of the potential offered by the Phase-II of the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement.