Now is the time for political settlement in Afghanistan: FM Qureshi

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – July 13, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi apprised his Tajik counterpart of Pakistan’s facilitator role to achieve durable peace and stability in Afghanistan, on Monday, reiterated that there is no other way except an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement and expressed the hope that the Afghan leaders will recognise the urgency of the situation and seize historic opportunity.

According to a press release, FM met with Tajik FM Sirojiddin Muhriddin on the sidelines of the council of foreign ministers (CFM) meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO-CFM) in Dushanbe.

Recalling the recent visit of the president of Tajikistan to Pakistan, the two FMs resolved to further enhance bilateral trade, promote regional connectivity and strengthen people-to-people linkages in line with the vision of the two leaders.

The two FMs reviewed the entire range of bilateral relations, with particular focus on reactivation of joint ministerial commission, affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic; enhancing parliamentary linkages and early completion of CASA-1,000 (Central Asia-South Asia power project).

FM Qureshi emphasised the importance of regional connectivity; transit trade mechanisms and cooperation in education and tourism between the two countries.

They also exchanged views on recent evolving situation in Afghanistan.

FM Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s consistent support for a peaceful, united, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

Appreciating the close cooperation between the two countries at the multilateral fora including at SCO, FM congratulated his Tajik counterpart on successful stewardship of SCO under the Tajik chair this year.

The two sides agreed to continue to remain in contact.