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Irresponsible statements by Afghan security adviser are really regrettable: FM Qureshi

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan has played a positive and constructive role in the Afghan peace process but the irresponsible statements of the Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib are really regrettable which only serve the interests of spoilers.

Last month, in a public speech in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, Hamdullah Mohib again accused Pakistan of harbouring terrorism and also reportedly called Pakistan a “brothel house”.

Later, Pakistan conveyed to the Afghan leadership that it would no longer conduct official business with their security adviser because of his recent “abusive outburst” against Pakistan.

In a statement on Friday, Qureshi expressed his dismay over the Afghan national security adviser’s recent remarks and said that he has invited his Afghan Counterpart Mohammad Haneef Atmar to visit Pakistan in order to hold a discussion on the Afghan peace process and the future strategy.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated that Pakistan desires peace and stability in the region.

The foreign minister further said that Pakistan is focusing on economic diplomacy to address the challenges of poverty, inflation, and unemployment. He said that we need to focus on economic integration, investment, and trade, and job creation.

Qureshi said that geoeconomics is the foremost priority of our foreign policy as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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