Afghanistan Neighboring Countries Pakistan, Russia, And China Call For Afghanistan’s National Peace

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Afghanistan neighboring Countries Pakistan, Russia, And China Call For Afghanistan’s National Peace

High-ranking diplomats from Afghanistan’s neighboring countries urged the Taliban on Friday to end national reconciliation and form an inclusive government that “takes into consideration the interests of all ethnopolitical forces in the country.”

On Thursday, the foreign ministers from Iran, China, Pakistan, and Pakistan met to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan. They also discussed the evolving security paradigm. The meeting urged the Taliban to form an inclusive government.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with China’s Wang Yi and Pakistan’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi at the sidelines meeting of heads of state of Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

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Russia and Afghanistan’s neighboring countries have expressed their determination to promote stability, peace, and security in the region.

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According to Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, the call was made at a meeting of foreign ministers from Iran, China, Pakistan, and Russia on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit held in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe.

Last month, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan and formed a 33-member interim administration with a few portfolios for Pashtuns from other ethnicities.

Foreign ministers stressed the importance of national reconciliation and called on an inclusive government to govern Afghanistan. This would ensure that all political and ethnic forces are represented.

They stressed the need for collective efforts to counter the threats to Afghanistan, especially the danger of drug trafficking and terrorism spread.

Ministers expressed concern about the precarious humanitarian, economic and social situation in Afghanistan and the possibility of an influx of refugees from neighboring countries.

They called for peace and economic revival in Afghanistan.

Many countries and leaders around the world have called for an inclusive set up in Afghanistan. They stated that the Taliban would be judged on their actions, not their words.

Ministers stressed that Afghanistan’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity should be respected. The basic principle of Afghanistan-led, Afghan-owned should also be applied. They should also maintain the Afghan people’s rights to peace, stability, and development.

They expressed concern about the “precarious” humanitarian, socio-economic and political situation in Afghanistan and the risk of an influx of refugees in the region. They also stressed the need to restore peace and economic recovery in the country and urged the international community to provide humanitarian assistance on a prompt basis.

They decided to maintain coordination in Afghanistan and hold meetings at the ministerial and special envoy levels and the ambassadorial groups.

 

FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi Discusses bilateral ties.

During the SCO summit, FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with Sergey Lavrov, his Russian counterpart.

Qureshi stated that Pakistan’s relations with Russia are one of its top priorities in foreign policy.

Pakistan is committed to promoting Russia’s cooperation in trade, investment, and energy and people-to-people and multilateral and regional forums, including the SCO.

For regional security and prosperity, the foreign minister stressed the importance of stability and peace in Afghanistan.

The two leaders exchanged views about bilateral relations, recalling their previous interaction with Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister.

The discussion also included matters relating to global and regional issues.

FM Qureshi stated, “Relations with Russia are one of the main priorities of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy.”

Pakistan is committed to enhancing cooperation with Russia in trade and investment, energy and defense, and people-to-people and collaboration at multilateral and regional forums, including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

For regional security and prosperity, the Foreign Minister stressed the importance of stability and peace in Afghanistan.

He stressed the need to promote humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan to alleviate the country’s acute food and medicine shortages.

Qureshi, the Foreign Minister, stressed the importance of the international community remaining engaged in Afghanistan.

Further, the Foreign Minister stated that Russia’s engagement should strengthen trade and investment relationships and cooperate in the energy sector. Pakistan looks forward to hosting the Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Investment in Russia this latter part of this year.

The Foreign Minister reiterated the government’s determination to realize the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline Project as soon as possible.

Foreign Minister Qureshi thanked Foreign Secretary Lavrov for increasing scholarships for Pakistani students at Russian academic institutions.

Russia and Pakistan have close and friendly relations marked by mutual trust, understanding, and respect.

The relations between Pakistan and Russia are on an upward trajectory. This is due to their shared views on critical international issues, growing trust, and increased bilateral cooperation. Both Foreign Ministers agreed that they would remain in close contact.

He stressed the need to promote humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan to alleviate the country’s acute food and medicine shortages.

 

Pakistan hoped to host the Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Investment in Russia in this context.

The foreign minister reiterated the government’s determination to see the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline Project realized as soon as possible.