Four nations’ moot of senior diplomats including Iran held in Dushanbe, Afghan issue discussed  

Islamabad, IRNA -- A joint meeting of senior diplomats of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Pakistan, China and Russia was held on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit to discuss the latest developments in Afghanistan in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.

The meeting was attended by Seyed Rasoul Mousavi Assistant to Foreign Minister and Director General of West Asia, Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Pakistani Foreign Ministry in a statement said senior diplomats from the four countries discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan and discussed issues related to peace and stability in the region.

The statement said Iran, Pakistan, Russia and China have expressed their determination and commitment to the maintenance of peace and stability in the region, in particular Afghanistan.

They stressed that the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan with the participation of all political groups and forces with the aim of securing political and ethnic interests in this country is inevitable.

Senior diplomats from Iran, Pakistan, China and Russia stressed the need for joint efforts to counter the potential terrorist threat posed by the unrest in Afghanistan and the fight against drug trafficking.

They also expressed concern about the complex economic and social situation in Afghanistan and the danger of a new wave of refugees in the region, and called for the resumption of normal life and economic recovery in the country.

It is worth mentioning that the important meeting of senior diplomats of Tehran, Islamabad, Moscow and Beijing took place just after the official meeting of the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan on the sidelines of the SCO Summit.

Earlier, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with his Russian counterpart in the Tajik capital to discuss developments in Afghanistan, the humanitarian and economic situation in the country.

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