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Qureshi calls for world’s sustained engagement with Afghanistan

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has called upon the international community for sustained engagement with Afghanistan.

In his video address to the High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan held in Geneva on Monday in a hybrid format, the foreign minister called for international solidarity with the Afghan people, both in terms of financial and political support.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi emphasized the need to renew developmental partnerships, support nation-building, and meet the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people.

The foreign minister apprised the international community about continued humanitarian support by Pakistan in several ways including facilitating the evacuation and relocation of international staff, establishment of a humanitarian corridor for the delivery of relief goods, and in-kind assistance by Pakistan for their Afghan brethren through air and land routes.

Qureshi said that Pakistan remains committed to continue humanitarian assistance comprising food and medicines to Afghanistan as well as hosting more than three million Afghan refugees.

The meeting was hosted by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres with the participation of heads of various UN agencies including OCHA, UNICEF, WFP, UNFPA, UNHCR, and ICRC.

The meeting was also attended by a number of Ministers from various Countries including, Switzerland, Qatar, Germany, the UK, the US, Turkey, and France.

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