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Afghan Acting FM meets Shah Mahmood Qureshi

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi received the Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Amir Khan Muttaqi along with a high-level delegation including the Acting Ministers for Industry & Commerce as well as Finance and Deputy Minister of Aviation.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi was accompanied by the Minister of Aviation Sarwar Khan, the Advisers on Finance and Commerce Shaukat Tarin and Razzak Dawood, and other senior officials.

Earlier in the day, working groups on Trade, Transit and Commerce, Finance and Aviation met under the chairmanship of the respective ministers from the two Countries.

Qureshi underlined Pakistan’s commitment to peace, stability, and progress in Afghanistan.

In this regard, the foreign minister highlighted Pakistan’s continuing efforts for facilitating humanitarian assistance and economic support to Afghanistan given the twin challenges being faced by the Afghan people.

The foreign minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve to strengthen bilateral relations with Afghanistan in all areas. He added that the meeting had provided an opportunity to build upon the earlier exchanges held during his visit to Kabul on October 21, 2021.

The foreign minister emphasized that peace in Afghanistan would help strengthen regional stability, spur economic activity, and connectivity.

During the meeting, outcomes of the meetings of working groups on strengthening bilateral and transit trade regime and facilitating the movement of people by land and air were shared.

Pakistan offered technical assistance in a range of areas and shared a number of proposals.

It was agreed to continue discussions with a view to strengthen existing ties and identify new areas of cooperation.

The Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Amir Khan Muttaqi thanked Pakistan for its continued support to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and particularly for hosting millions of refugees for the last four decades.

Amir Khan Muttaqi assured of full cooperation in strengthening fraternal cooperative ties for the mutual benefit of the peoples of the two countries.

The Acting foreign minister, earlier in the day, interacted with the special representatives/envoys under the Troika Plus format.

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