Afghanistan’s neighbors exchange views on regional peace

Sept 17, 2021: Pakistan, China, Russia and Iran FMs call for inclusive govt in Afghanistan and emphasize national reconciliation.

The foreign ministers of Russia, China, Pakistan and Iran on Thursday discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan and the peace and security situation in the region.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, China’s Wang Yi, Pakistan’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Iran’s Emir Amir Abdollahian were meeting on the sidelines of the heads of state of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO )meetings to discuss the future of the region after the Taliban take over in Afghanistan.

The participants pledged to promote peace, security and stability in Afghanistan and the region. The ministers called for national reconciliation and called for a comprehensive government in Afghanistan to look after the interests of all ethnic and political forces.

During the meeting, they called for concerted efforts to address the threats to Afghanistan, particularly terrorism, terrorism and the spread of drug trafficking.

The Ministers expressed concern over the inhumane, social and economic situation in Afghanistan and the threat of influx of refugees into neighboring countries. He called for the return of peaceful life to Afghanistan and the recovery of the economy.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanbe and reiterated his commitment to further enhance bilateral relations.

Recalling previous talks with Lavrov during his visit to Pakistan in April 2021, the two leaders exchanged views on all aspects of bilateral relations, the Foreign Office said in a statement issued on Thursday. Issues related to regional and global issues were also discussed.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi stressed the importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan for regional security and prosperity. He stressed the urgent need to promote humanitarian aid to Afghanistan to address the country’s food and medicine shortages. The Foreign Minister also reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to expedite the completion of the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline Project.

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