Islamabad (Web Desk): Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday called for an enhanced international community's engagement to prevent a humanitarian crisis and economic meltdown in Afghanistan.
Addressing a virtual meeting of foreign ministers of Afghanistan's neighbours - China, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan - to discuss developments in the country, FM Qureshi said if a humanitarian crisis is prevented and economic stability is assured, then peace can be consolidated and a mass exodus precluded.
He said renewed diplomatic and international presence in the country would reassure the Afghan people.
“The urgent provision of humanitarian assistance, with UN and its various agencies playing a lead role, would reinforce the process of confidence-building,” FM Qureshi said.er hoped for an early stabilization of political situation in Afghanistan saying this will lead to normalcy.
He stressed that the new situation requires discarding old lenses, developing new insights, and proceeding with a realistic and pragmatic approach.
FM Qureshi said Afghanistan must be enabled to get through this testing time and realize its full potential to advance the common vision of a peaceful, stable, prosperous and inter connected region.