FM Qureshi for close coordination among Afghan neighbours


Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while emphasising Pakistan’s support for an inclusive political setup in Afghanistan said that peace in the war-torn country would bring stability in the region, promote trade and facilitate people to people linkages.

It is important that neighbours of Afghanistan coordinate closely on the situation in the country, he added.

The foreign minister expressed these views during a meeting with his Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov in the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent on Wednesday.

FM Qureshi, who was in Tashkent on the second leg of his four-nation tour, discussed with his Uzbek counterpart the regional security situation, particularly the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

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During the meeting, they also exchanged views on ways and means to intensify bilateral relations in all areas.

The two foreign ministers agreed that in view of recent frequent high-level exchanges, bilateral relations have transformed into a strategic partnership.

It was decided to follow up closely on the implementation of decisions, taken during the recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Uzbekistan.

Welcoming the foreign minister, the Uzbek foreign minister highlighted the upward trajectory in bilateral relations.

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FM Kamilov termed his Pakistani counterpart’s visit important and timely in terms of close coordinated approach to Afghanistan.

The two foreign ministers agreed to continue consultations to advance shared objectives of a peaceful, prosperous and connected region.

Earlier, during his visit to Tajikistan, Qureshi held a meeting with Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin and called on President Emomali Rahmon. The minister also promoted bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.

During the meetings, the two sides discussed bilateral relations and exchange views on the Afghan situation.

The Tajik FM said Tajikistan appreciated Pakistan’s initiative of reaching out to the neighbours of Afghanistan for a coordinated approach.

Both ministers also reviewed the latest developments in Afghanistan and agreed to remain in close contact.

FM Qureshi is currently visiting Pakistan’s neighbouring countries including Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran on special directions of PM Imran.

The tour is in hopes of consulting regional countries to adopt a joint strategy and tackle the challenges faced by the evolving situation in Afghanistan.


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