Oct 27, 2021, 3:44 PM
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Pakistan FM calls for preventing occurrence of human tragedy in Afghanistan

Tehran, IRNA – Pakistani Foreign Minister Mehmood Qureshi called on the world community to pay attention to the economic situation of the Afghan people and prevent the occurrence of human tragedy in that country.

Qureshi made the remarks through his speech at the Second Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan's Neighboring Countries in Tehran on Wednesday.

Qureshi also stressed the need to free the assets of Afghanistan.

The Second Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan's Neighboring Countries started work in the Iranian capital on Wednesday. Foreign ministers of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan as well as envoys of China and Russia are present in the meeting, while foreign ministers of China and Russia have taken part virtually.

Referring to Taliban's August takeover in Afghanistan, Qureshi said the broad wave of refuge has been seen after.

About today's Tehran meeting, the Pakistani foreign minister said it is for ensuring coordination between Afghanistan's neighbors to manage the existing challenges.

He went on to stress that all are after seeing a stable Afghanistan.

And today's meeting can take important steps towards this end through strengthening and focusing on the results of the first round of the meeting.

Fight against terrorism is crucial in Afghanistan, he stressed.

He also underlined the importance of respecting the rights of the Afghan people whose presence should be seen in the inclusive government.

Further, he called for preventing the happening of new conflicts in the region.

Qureshi also said the dispatch of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan should continue.

Earlier, Iran's First Vice-President Mohammad Mokhber said in the meeting that the Islamic Republic of Iran supported Pakistan's initiative to hold the first round of talks between Afghanistan's neighboring countries and also accepted to be the host of the second round.

Tehran welcomes the third round to be held in Beijing.

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