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Peaceful Afghanistan vital for Pakistan & region, says Qureshi in telephone conversation Saudi FM

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had a telephone conversation with the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud on Monday.

The two foreign ministers exchanged views on the latest situation in Afghanistan and also discussed a number of issues of bilateral importance.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in its capacity as the current Chair of the OIC Summit, for convening the OIC’s Extraordinary Meeting at the level of Permanent Representatives on August 22, 2021 to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

The foreign minister underlined that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was of critical importance for Pakistan and the region. In this perspective, he expressed the hope that Afghan parties would work for an inclusive political settlement to ensure sustainable peace and security in the country and the region.

Qureshi stressed the importance of the international community’s active and sustained engagement with the Afghan people.

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

In the bilateral context, the two foreign ministers reviewed the implementation of the decisions taken during the visit of the Saudi foreign minister to Pakistan in July 2021.

Expressing satisfaction at the growing momentum in bilateral relations, the two foreign ministers agreed further to strengthen cooperation in diverse fields.

The two foreign ministers also agreed to continue close collaboration on all issues of common interest.

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