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FM Qureshi discusses Afghanistan situation with Iranian counterpart

Qureshi says Pakistan attaches great significance to its ties with Iran

By Web Desk
September 05, 2021
Pakistans Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (L) and Irans Foreign Minister (R). Photo: The New Arab/File Photo
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (L) and Iran's Foreign Minister (R). Photo: The New Arab/File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in conversation with his Iranian counterpart Sunday, stated that both Pakistan and Iran will continue to consult each other over the evolving situation in Afghanistan. 

Qureshi spoke to Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Ameer Abdollahian over the phone and discussed the situation in Afghanistan, as the Taliban gear up to announce a new government, reported Radio Pakistan. 

The two foreign ministers exchanged views in detail about the latest developments in Afghanistan and also agreed on holding a virtual conference of Afghanistan's neighbours at the level of representatives in the upcoming days.

FM Qureshi said Pakistan attaches significant importance to its relations with Iran, while his Iranian counterpart lauded Qureshi's "concerted efforts to evolve a coordinated strategy in the backdrop of the situation in Afghanistan."

He thanked FM Qureshi for his recent visit to Iran.

Qureshi meets Iranian president, briefs him on Afghanistan situation

In August, Qureshi visited Tehran where he met newly elected Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi.

During his trip, Qureshi briefed President Raisi on the ongoing situation in Afghanistan and apprised him of Pakistan’s perspective and underlined a coordinated approach.

Shedding light on the way forward, he had said, “It is important for the neighbours of Afghanistan for continued consultations on the way forward as peace in Afghanistan would lead to economic and political benefits for the region.”

During his meeting, the minister had conveyed heartfelt felicitations to President Raisi from the Pakistani leadership over his victory in the presidential election and over him receiving the Parliament’s endorsement on the Cabinet.

Pakistan's foreign minister had extended the invitation, on behalf of Prime Minister Imran Khan to President Raisi, urging him to visit Pakistan. President Raisi had accepted it.

The meeting was part of the foreign minister's two-day visit to four countries — Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran — to promote a coordinated regional approach to the evolving situation in Afghanistan.