FM underscores peace, stability in Afghanistan, urges humanitarian assistance

FM pledges resolve of multilateral cooperation with SCO for regional security, prosperity

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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia, on the sidelines of the SCO Council of Heads of State meeting in Dushanbe, today.

Recalling earlier interaction with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during the latter’s visit to Pakistan in April 2021, the two leaders exchanged views on the entire gamut of bilateral relations. Matters relating to regional and global issues were also the subject of discussion. Foreign Minister Qureshi stated that relations with Russia were one of the key priorities of Pakistan’s foreign policy. Pakistan was committed to furthering cooperation with Russia in trade, investment, energy, defence and people-to-people exchanges as well as collaboration at multilateral and regional fora including Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

The Foreign Minister underscored the importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan for regional security and prosperity. He emphasized the urgent need for promotion of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan in order to address food and medicine shortage in the country.

Foreign Minister Qureshi underlined the need for the international community to remain engaged in Afghanistan.

The Foreign Minister further said that strengthening trade and investment relations and cooperation in energy sector were the cornerstones of engagement with Russia. In this context, Pakistan looked forward to holding of Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Investment in Russia later during the year. Foreign Minister also reaffirmed Government’s resolve for early realization of Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline Project. Foreign Minister Qureshi thanked Foreign Minister Lavrov for enhancing scholarships for Pakistani students in academic institutions in Russia.

The foreign ministers of Russia, China, Pakistan and Iran on Thursday held a meeting on the ongoing situation in Afghanistan and evolving security paradigm in the region, urging the Taliban to form an inclusive government in the country.

Pakistan and Russia enjoy close, friendly ties marked by mutual trust and understanding. Relations between Pakistan and Russia have been on an upward trajectory propelled by converging views on important regional and international issues, growing trust and increasing bilateral cooperation manifested by recent high-level interactions. The two Foreign Ministers agreed to remain in close contact.

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

The top diplomats of Afghanistan’s neghbouring countries and Russia expressed determination to promote peace, security and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

The foreign ministers emphasised on national reconciliation and called for an inclusive government in Afghanistan so that it should take care of the interests of all ethnic and political forces.

During the meeting, they emphasised for collective efforts to counter threats to Afghanistan especially the danger of the spread of terrorism and drugs trafficking.

The ministers expressed concern on the precarious humanitarian, social and economic situation in Afghanistan and on the threat of an influx of refugees to its neighbouring countries.

They also called for the return of peaceful life and the revival of the economy in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi held a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov during the SCO summit.

Qureshi stated that relations with Russia were one of the key priorities of Pakistan’s foreign policy.

Pakistan was committed to promoting cooperation with Russia in trade, investment, energy, defence and people-to-people exchanges as well as collaboration at multilateral and regional fora including the SCO.

The foreign minister underscored the importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan for regional security and prosperity.

He emphasised the urgent need for the promotion of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan in order to address the food and medicine shortage in the country.

Foreign Minister Qureshi underlined the need for the international community to remain engaged in Afghanistan.

He further said strengthening trade and investment relations and cooperation in the energy sector were the cornerstones of engagement with Russia.

In this context, Pakistan looked forward to holding Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Investment in Russia later during the year.

The foreign minister also reaffirmed the government’s resolve for the early realisation of the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline Project.

During the meeting, discussions were held on the emerging situation in Afghanistan and peace and stability in the region. The participants reaffirmed their commitment to promote peace, security and stability in Afghanistan and the region as a whole.

The ministers stressed the need for an inclusive government in Afghanistan that takes into account the interests of all ethnic and political forces in the country.

The meeting highlighted the current situation in Afghanistan and the need to work together to address the threats posed, particularly the spread of terrorism and drug trafficking.

The Ministers expressed their concern over the complex human and social and economic situation in Afghanistan and the dangers of refugee invasion in the region. Participants stressed the need for a return to peaceful life and economic recovery in Afghanistan.

Earlier, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov called on Shah Mahmood Qureshi and discussed bilateral relations, promotion of cooperation in various fields and the regional situation. The two foreign ministers agreed to continue consultations on important regional and global issues. Shah Mahmood said that Pakistan is committed to enhancing trade, investment, energy, defense and public relations with Russia. Pakistan considers peace in Afghanistan essential for peace and stability in the region.

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