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Region cannot afford continued instability in Afghanistan, FM Qureshi tells Afghan political leaders

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has underlined that the region cannot afford continued instability in Afghanistan which will impact negatively the objective of a peaceful and connected region.

Talking to a delegation of political leaders from Afghanistan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad on Monday, the foreign minister highlighted that Pakistan considers all segments of the Afghan society important in the final destiny of Afghanistan.

The foreign minister expressed the hope that the Afghan leaders would take advantage of international support for peace and reconciliation and work together to deal with the evolving situation in Afghanistan in the supreme national interest of the Country and according to the aspiration of the people.

Qureshi added that the international community’s continued engagement in the efforts for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan would be important as it is a shared responsibility.

Emphasizing that lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s interest, he reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue to play its constructive role to support a peaceful, united, and prosperous Afghanistan.

The delegation appreciated the invitation for consultation on the latest situation in Afghanistan.

The Afghan political leaders acknowledged Pakistan’s facilitative role.

The delegation emphasized the multi-ethnic nature of the Afghan society and the importance of an inclusive political solution.

The delegation also underscored commitment to forge long-term relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan and to expand the fraternal ties in all areas.

The delegation of the Afghan leaders is visiting Pakistan from August 15 to 18, 2021 in view of the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

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