Kabul, Afghanistan, 10/23/2021 / Top-wire Kabul News Desk /
On Thursday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi stated that Pakistan wants long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The foreign minister met with Afghanistan’s acting Prime Minister Mullah Hassan Akhund during his one-day visit to Kabul. The foreign minister is making his first trip to Kabul since the Taliban took power in August.
“Pakistan is determined to help Afghan brethren on humanitarian grounds. Pakistan wants to enhance bilateral trade with Afghanistan,” during the meeting with Akhund, FM Qureshi stated.
According to the ambassador, visa facilities for Afghan residents, particularly the business community, the establishment of new border crossings, and the facilitation of travel are all efforts done by Pakistan to help the people of Afghanistan.
“Pakistan resolves to play a constructive role, in collaboration with Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries, for peace and stability in the region,” the FM stated.
Views were also shared on topics of bilateral values, such as strengthening economic cooperation, particularly trade and commerce, and different alternatives for bringing the Afghan people out of the economic crisis.
The Afghan acting prime minister also expressed gratitude to Pakistan’s leadership for providing timely humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.
Earlier, upon arriving, Akhund greeted Qureshi and his high-level team, which included Inter-Services Intelligence chief Lt General Faiz Hameed, who had visited Kabul shortly after its fall.
Qureshi’s visit comes after the Chaman border crossing, one of the key economic transit points between Afghanistan and Pakistan, was blocked for more than two weeks, causing major issues for trucks and exporters.
Furthermore, PIA, the sole international airline that had been working regularly in Kabul, halted flights last week, citing interference and harassment of its employees by Taliban authorities.
Afghan fruit growers in the southern city of Kandahar have been harmed by the border closure, with pomegranates and other export products allowed to decay because trucks cannot reach their customers across the border. During his visit, the foreign minister will also meet with other members of Kabul’s interim government leadership.
“The Foreign Minister’s visit reflects Pakistan’s consistent policy of supporting the brotherly Afghan people, deepening bilateral trade and economic relations, and facilitating closer people-to-people contacts,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
According to the statement, the foreign minister would reap the benefits of the chance to express Pakistan’s views on regional peace and stability problems.
According to the ministry’s statement, as a close neighbour, Pakistan has always stood behind Afghanistan, keeping the border sites open for commerce and pedestrian passage within Covid procedures.
A simplified visa policy for Afghan citizens, as well as border crossing procedures for commerce and freight, have been implemented. Pakistan has recently offered humanitarian aid and support in the shape of groceries and medicines.
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