Tuesday, August 9, 2022

World must not repeat mistake of disengaging with Afghanistan, Qureshi tells Blinken


NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in New York on the sidelines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly session.

Taking to Twitter, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he had reiterated Pakistan’s focus on a relationship with the US based on trade, investment, energy and regional connectivity.

He also emphasized the importance of the international community holding the Taliban to their commitments and recognise its moral obligation to help the Afghan people with the growing humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country.

FM Qureshi called upon the international community to play a positive role and engage with the newly-formed Taliban government in Kabul.


“Met  Sec Blinken and reiterated Pakistan’s focus on a relationship anchored in trade, investment, energy & regional connectivity. On Afghanistan, PM Imran Khan consistently stated there is no military solution and is committed to facilitating inclusive political settlement”

“Shared with Sec Blinken importance of int’l community holding Taliban to their commitments; also for the same community to recognise a moral obligation to help the Afghan people with the growing humanitarian crisis. The world should not repeat the mistake of disengaging with Afghanistan,” he said in a tweet.

FM Qureshi, who is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly session, has held a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from around the world.

Qureshi, in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, stressed the need for sustained international engagement to support lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.


The two Foreign Ministers reviewed their close bilateral relations and discussed steps to further enhance cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey in all areas.

Meanwhile, Shah Mahmood Qureshi also held a meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.

The two foreign ministers expressed satisfaction at the close cooperation between the two fraternal countries in all spheres including at the United Nations.


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