Oct 18, 2021, 8:52 PM
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Iran FM invites Pakistani counterpart to participate in Afghanistan summit in Tehran

Islamabad, IRNA -- Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hossein Amirabdollahian has invited his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi to participate in the second Ministerial meeting of the neighboring countries of Afghanistan, to be held in Tehran next week.

The Pakistani foreign ministry in a statement on Monday said ​Foreign Minister Qureshi received a telephone call from Foreign Minister of Iran Amir Abdollahian.

“​During the call, the two Foreign Ministers exchanged views on the regional security situation, particularly Afghanistan,” he said.

It said that the Iranian Foreign Minister invited Qureshi to participate in the second Ministerial meeting of the neighboring countries of Afghanistan, to be held in Tehran next week, stressing that Iran fully supported Pakistan’s initiative for a regional approach on Afghanistan.

Qureshi thanked his Iranian counterpart for the invitation and expressed the hope that the meeting would impart further impetus to the regional approach on the situation in Afghanistan.

He emphasized that close coordination was essential to help Afghanistan on path to peace, stability and development.

The Foreign Minister underlined that sustained international engagement was essential in view of the evolving economic situation in Afghanistan.

He expressed the hope that international community would ramp up provision of humanitarian assistance on urgent basis, in view of the upcoming winter season, and take steps to ensure economic stability in the country.

​At the initiative of Pakistan, the first Ministerial meeting of the neighboring countries of Afghanistan was held on-line on 8 September 2021 at which a joint statement was unanimously adopted.

Foreign Ministers of China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated. The Ministerial meeting was preceded by the virtual meeting of the Special Representatives/ Envoys of the six neighboring countries.

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