FM Qureshi leads Pakistan delegation at 2020 Afghanistan conference

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – November 25, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi stated, Tuesday, that the renewed international focus on peace in Afghanistan through Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political negotiations is a historic opportunity that our Afghan brothers and sisters should seize to build enduring peace, progress and prosperity in their country.

According to a press release, he addressed the 2020 Afghanistan conference, co-hosted by Finland, Afghanistan and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and held virtually from Geneva in Switzerland.

Addressing the conference, FM Qureshi termed Pakistan as a major stakeholder and the largest beneficiary of peace in Afghanistan.

He apprised the international community about Pakistan’s constructive contribution to the ongoing Afghan peace process.

FM Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s contribution to help Afghanistan attain self-reliance.

He referred to Pakistan’s development assistance of $1 billion for Afghanistan and a number of projects in health, education and road infrastructure sectors being undertaken in the country.

FM Qureshi recalled Pakistan’s investment in capacity building of Afghan people and mentioned 6,000 fully funded scholarships being provided to Afghan students in leading Pakistani universities.

Additionally, training is being provided to Afghan officials and professionals in various fields.

He reiterated support for Afghanistan’s endeavours for regional connectivity.

Pakistan is at the heart of major regional connectivity initiatives involving Afghanistan, like the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, CASA 1000, Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) electricity transmission project, etc.

The 2020 Afghanistan conference titled, “Peace, Prosperity and Self-reliance” is the quadrennial pledging conference to support the promotion of sustainable development, prosperity and peace in Afghanistan.

Besides Afghan president Ashraf Ghani and United Nations (UN) secretary general (UNSG) Antonio Guterres, foreign ministers of Switzerland, Finland, Russia, Iran, the United States (US) secretary of state, the European Union (EU) high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, and special envoy of China on Afghanistan led their respective delegations at the conference.