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The success of negotiations in Kabul would not only benefit Afghanistan but also the region, Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday discussed situation in Afghanistan with Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen.

Both the leaders exchanged views on the rapidly changing situation in Afghanistan on phone call. During the telephonic conversation, FM Qureshi underscored that Pakistan will continue to play its constructive role in promoting sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He also expressed the hope that Afghan parties would work for an inclusive political settlement. He stressed on the importance of ensuring the safety, security and protection of the rights of Afghan people. “The success of negotiations in Kabul would not only benefit Afghanistan but also the region,” he added.

The minister emphasized that it was imperative for the international community to remain engaged with Afghanistan including by supporting the country’s economy, reconstruction, rehabilitation and humanitarian needs. “It was also important for the Muslim Ummah to show its traditional solidarity with the Afghan people in their quest for a peaceful, united, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.”

Noting the significance of efforts towards establishing an inclusive government, Shah Mahmood Qureshi warned about spoilers within and outside Afghanistan who wanted to take advantage of the situation in the country.

He highlighted the role played by Pakistan in facilitating the evacuation and relocation of personnel of diplomatic missions, international organizations, media and others from Afghanistan.

The foreign minister expressed the hope that the talks in Kabul would succeed, leading to an inclusive and participatory government that would bring lasting peace, progress and prosperity to Afghanistan.

The OIC secretary general apprised FM Qureshi of the extra-ordinary meeting of the OIC Executive Meeting that has been convened in Jeddah at the level of Ambassadors/Permanent Representatives tomorrow, August 22, 2021, to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

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