ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday held a telephonic conversation with the acting Foreign Minister for Afghanistan Hanif Atmar, and discussed the prospect of enhancing bilateral relations in all areas.
Qureshi also congratulated Hanif Atmar on his recent appointment and expressed hope that during his tenure, there would be enhanced interaction between the Foreign Ministries of the two Countries.
The foreign minister highlighted that as a neighbor with abiding solidarity, Pakistan values its fraternal relations with Afghanistan. In view of COVID-19, Pakistan has taken a number of steps, at the request of the government of Afghanistan, to assist in movement of Afghan nationals and cargo trucks and containers.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed the hope that Afghanistan would be able to control spread of COVID-19 effectively.
Qureshi further reiterated the importance of existing bilateral mechanisms. He hoped that the next session of APAPPS would be held soon which would help further strengthen bilateral cooperation in various fields.
The two foreign ministers also discussed latest situation in the Afghan Peace Process.
Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s steadfast support to the Afghan peace and reconciliation process and said that the US-Taliban Peace Agreement provides a historic opportunity for the Afghan leadership to jointly work for the ultimate aim of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.
The Afghan acting foreign minister thanked Shah Mahmood Qureshi on his message of felicitations. He concurred with the foreign minister on utilizing existing mechanisms including APAPPS, to take forward bilateral relations.
Hanif Atmar also appreciated steps taken by Pakistan to facilitate return of Afghan nationals and movement of cargo and trucks, in view of COVID-19.
The two sides also discussed further steps to deepen the bilateral economic relationship.
Pakistan will continue to support a peaceful, stable, united, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan, at peace with itself and with its neighbours.