Moscow Format Meeting

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The third Meeting of the Moscow Format was held in Moscow. The Moscow format, a mechanism established in 2017 for the Afghanistan issue, includes China, Pakistan, Iran, India, Afghanistan, and other countries. The meeting, hosted by Russia, was attended by China, Pakistan, Iran, India, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and a high-level Afghan delegation. Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ambassador Muhammad Sadiq, represented Pakistan at the meeting. The Special Representative thanked Russia for hosting the third round of the meeting. He conveyed that Pakistan’s constructive role in the Afghan peace process is well-recognized and acknowledged by the international community. Pakistan highlighted that peace in Afghanistan will benefit the entire region in terms of stability, secure borders, enhanced connectivity, return of refugees and countering terrorism. Furthermore, Islamabad also emphasized that there was an urgent need to extend humanitarian support to Afghanistan for which the international community must step up its efforts. In addition to this, Pakistan underscored the importance of aid and economic assistance to avert humanitarian and financial crises in the war-torn country. Pertinent to mention, Pakistan also reiterated its perspective that peace goes hand in hand with prosperity and economic stability. He emphasized that after all these years; the people of Afghanistan need and deserve peace, progress and prosperity. And the international community must generously help them to walk on that path. One of the key aspects that Washington earlier said it would not join this round of talks due to technical reasons but planned to attend future discussions.

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