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Pakistan, China FMs discuss Afghan situation on phone

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi received a telephone call from the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday, and they exchanged views on the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

Qureshi underlined that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was of critical importance for Pakistan and the region. In this perspective, Pakistan had assiduously supported the Afghan peace process.

Pakistan and China, as part of Troika Plus, had made a valuable contribution to these efforts.

The foreign minister added that in the given situation, it was extremely important to ensure safety and security as well as protection of rights of the Afghan people.

The foreign minister stressed that an inclusive political settlement was essential, for which all Afghans should work together.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that it was equally important for the international community to remain engaged in support of the Afghan people.

Qureshi emphasized that the international community must also have sustained economic engagement with Afghanistan.

The foreign minister apprised his Chinese Counterpart of Pakistan’s efforts to facilitate the evacuation of personnel and staff of diplomatic missions, international organizations, media and others from Afghanistan.

The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan and China were ‘iron brothers’ and strategic partners. The two countries had the tradition of maintaining close coordination and communication on issues of common interest and significance, he added.

Qureshi and Wang Yi agreed to remain in close contact to promote the shared objectives.

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