Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and the future course of action with the country's leadership.
Qureshi held a meeting with the Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin and called on President Emomali Rahmon later on Wednesday. The minister also promoted bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.
During the meetings, the two sides discussed bilateral relations and exchange views on the Afghan situation.
The Tajik FM said Tajikistan appreciated Pakistan's initiative of reaching out to the neighbours of Afghanistan for a coordinated approach.
Both ministers also reviewed the latest developments in Afghanistan and agreed to remain in close contact.
FM Qureshi apprised his Tajik counterpart of Pakistan's policy to support an inclusive political solution in Afghanistan and underscored the importance of continued international engagement as a shared responsibility.
Qureshi also reiterated the hope that Afghan leaders would achieve a workable solution.
The minister took to his official Twitter handle to announce his meeting with the Tajik FM.
“Pleased to meet FM Sirojiddin Muhriddin in Tajikistan today”, he wrote, adding that Pakistan appreciates Tajikistan’s leading role during its presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
The foreign ministers for Pakistan and Tajikistan. PHOTO: Twitter/SMQureshiPTI
“Discussed developments in Afghanistan & shared support for inclusive political solution & hope for Afghan leaders to achieve this”, Qureshi remarked.
Pleased to meet FM #SirojiddinMuhriddin in #Tajikistan today.— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) August 25, 2021
➖Pakistan appreciates Tajikistan’s leading role during its Presidency of SCO
➖Discussed developments in #Afghanistan & shared 🇵🇰 support for inclusive political solution & hope for Afghan leaders to achieve this. pic.twitter.com/ql0LOupslL
Talking to President Rahmon, the FM claimed both Pakistan and Tajikistan would benefit immensely from a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, particularly with regards to enhanced economic cooperation and connectivity.
He emphasised the importance of a coordinated approach to realize the shared objectives of the connected region.
The Tajik president concurred on the coordinated approach for the evolving situation in Afghanistan.
FM Qureshi has now left Tajikistan and is on his way to Uzbekistan.
FM Qureshi is currently visiting Pakistan’s neighbouring countries including Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Iran on special directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The tour is in hopes of consulting regional countries to adopt a joint strategy and tackle the challenges faced by the evolving situation in Afghanistan.
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