FMs Meeting of Neighboring Countries

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Third meeting of Foreign Ministers of Neighboring Countries of Afghanistan being held on March 29-31 in China. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also left to attend this meeting despite the political instability in the country. The visit of the foreign minister is taking place at the invitation of State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi. It may be evoked that Pakistan had initiated the Neighboring Countries format in September 2021 to evolve a regional approach to the situation in Afghanistan. Pakistan hosted the first meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Neighboring Countries on September 8, 2021. Pakistan from the very beginning committed to fully supporting a regional approach to Afghanistan for promoting durable peace and stability in the country and the region. Instability in Afghanistan will have negative impacts, particularly on the region and generally on the entire world. Failure is not an option. If the world community fails Afghanistan yet again, there will be a fresh influx of refugees, enhanced space for terrorism, and a rise in drug trafficking. With the help of regional countries and international partners, the Afghan nation could once again rise to become an important country in terms of regional peace and stability, economic trade, and regional connectivity. Since August 15, 2021, the interim Afghan government remained beleaguered with the humanitarian and economic crises, as well as a liquidity crux, exacerbated by the lack of a functional banking system.  Afghanistan currently stood at a critical crossroads as for the first time in over 40 years, there was a single unified dispensation over its entire territory. Over four decades of war and bloodshed were over and there had been a demonstrable decrease in corruption, leading to an increase in revenue. There is hope that Afghanistan has the potential to move towards a viable and sustainable future. Therefore, the immediate task that the international community, in general, and regional countries, in particular, is the need to focus on the stabilization of the country.

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