Pakistan desires to maintain tradition of bilateral engagement, COAS

COAS reiterated that there is a need for global convergence on Afghanistan to avoid humanitarian crisis

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Rawalpindi: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has once again stressed on the need for a global convergence on Afghanistan to avoid humanitarian crisis with coordinated efforts for economic uplift of the Afghan people.

He said this while meeting Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan Wendy Gilmour at GHQ in Rawalpindi, the military said in statement on Monday.

During the meeting matters of mutual interest, bilateral cooperation in various fields, overall regional situation and peace and stability in the Afghanistan were discussed, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

Pakistan desires to maintain the tradition of bilateral engagement and wish for long term and multi-domain enduring relationship with Canada, Gen Qamar was quoted as saying.

“COAS reiterated that there is a need for global convergence on Afghanistan to avoid humanitarian crisis together with coordinated efforts for economic uplift of the Afghan people,” read the communiqué.

The Canadian envoy appreciated Pakistan’s role in Afghan situation including successful evacuation operations and pledged to keep working for better relations between the two countries.

Last week, NATO Senior Civil Representative Stefano Pontecorvo called on Gen Qamar to discuss issues related to mutual concerns, particularly the situation in Afghanistan. During the meeting, matters related to mutual interest, peace, and stability in the region and Afghanistan were discussed.

The army chief said that there was a need for global convergence on the Afghan issue to avoid a humanitarian crisis in the country after the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban.

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