FM Qureshi, UN chief discuss Afghanistan situation

FM Qureshi, UN chief discuss Afghanistan situation

Islamabad (Web Desk): Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi discussed the evolving situation with the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres who telephoned the top diplomat on Saturday.

FM Qureshi underscored that Pakistan will continue to play its constructive role in support of the efforts to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He appreciated the contribution of the UN in addressing the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

He noted that it was imperative for the international community to remain engaged with Afghanistan, including by supporting the Afghan people’s socio-economic and humanitarian needs.

The UN chief expressed gratitude for Pakistan’s role in facilitating the work and humanitarian mission of UN entities in Afghanistan. He sought Pakistan’s continued support in that regard.

The foreign minister assured Guterres of all possible support to the UN in the fulfilment of its mandate. He highlighted the facilitation being provided by Pakistan to the international community in evacuation and relocation efforts.

The foreign minister reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue to assist the UN in all possible ways.

Meanwhile, FM Qureshi also received telephone call from Secretary for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and First Secretary of State of the United Kingdom Dominic Raab and exchanged views on the latest developments in Afghanistan.

The foreign minister underscored that safety, security, stability and protection of the rights of all Afghans are critically important.

FM Qureshi said that it is essential for the world community to stay engaged with Afghanistan to stabilize the situation and help the Afghan people economically and to continue providing humanitarian assistance.

Secretary Dominic Raab shared UK’s perspective on the developments in Afghanistan and conveyed thanks for Pakistan’s support and facilitation in the evacuation efforts. The two ministers agreed to remain in close contact.