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FM Qureshi in Kabul for 'high-level' talks on bilateral relations
Naveed SiddiquiPublished October 21, 2021 - Updated 15 minutes ago
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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is greeted by an Afghan delegation upon his arrival in Kabul. — Photo courtesy Pakistan embassy in Kabul

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is greeted by an Afghan delegation upon his arrival in Kabul. — Photo courtesy Pakistan embassy in Kabul
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Kabul on Thursday, leading a high-level delegation to meet with Afghan officials and leaders on bilateral relations and ways to strengthen cooperation, the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement.
Footage released by state broadcaster Associated Press of Pakistan shows Qureshi disembarking the plane, followed by Inter Services Intelligence chief Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed.
They are received by Afghanistan's Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and Pakistan Ambassador to Kabul Mansoor Ahmad Khan at the airport's tarmac.
"During the one-day visit, he [Qureshi] will hold talks with Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and call on [the] leadership of the interim government in Kabul. He will meet other Afghan dignitaries as well," the FO statement reads.


The talks will cover the "entire spectrum" of relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan with a focus on methods to deepen cooperation between the two countries in diverse areas, the FO said.
"Utilising the opportunity, the foreign minister will share Pakistan’s perspective on issues of regional peace and stability."
The FO statement said that as a "close fraternal neighbour", Pakistan had always stood by Afghanistan, mentioning a number of measures in this regard such as keeping border crossing points open, the institution of a facilitative visa regime for Afghan nationals and provision of humanitarian aid and assistance in the form of food items and medicines.
"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 FO said.
Moscow talks
FM Qureshi's visit comes while Russia is hosting the Taliban for talks in Moscow.
Attending the talks on Wednesday, Pakistan's Special Representative for Afghanistan Ambassador Mohammad Sadiq emphasised the need for extending humanitarian support to Afghanistan, saying that the international community "must step up efforts" for the purpose.
Ambassador Sadiq conveyed to the other participants of the meeting, including a Taliban delegation, that peace in Afghanistan would benefit the entire region in terms of stability, secure borders, enhanced connectivity, return of refugees and countering terrorism, a statement issued by the envoy said.
He reiterated Pakistan’s firm belief that peace went hand in hand with prosperity and economic stability and highlighted that "Pakistan's constructive role in [the] Afghan peace process is well-recognised and acknowledged by the international community."









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Massive! First high level foreign dignitary visit to Afghanistan under Taliban government. Great move by Pakistan. We must move quick before anyone else. Cannot remain hostage to the narrative of nations oceans apart. Region takes the priority.
 

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FM Qureshi meets interim Afghan PM, discusses bilateral matters

Discussions focus on facilitating people-to-people interaction, trade, transit and connectivity between the two nations

October 21, 2021


Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi holds talks with interim Afghanistan Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund at ARG Presidential Office in Kabul on October 21, 2021. — Twitter


Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi holds talks with interim Afghanistan Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund at ARG Presidential Office in Kabul on October 21, 2021.
 

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We should be cognizant of the fact that they can't receive the legatimacy they desperately desire without Pakistan making their case on international forums and with international dignitaries. We have this leverage to demand action on Taliban. They may be uncompromising hosts but as far as I know they did send back baloch insurgents last time they were in power.
 

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We should be cognizant of the fact that they can't receive the legatimacy they desperately desire without Pakistan making their case on international forums and with international dignitaries. We have this leverage to demand action on Taliban. They may be uncompromising hosts but as far as I know they did send back baloch insurgents last time they were in power.

Can some verify this?
 
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