Peaceful Afghanistan vital for Pakistan and regional stability, Imran tells Putin

PM expresses satisfaction at upward trajectory of bilateral relations in phone call to Russian president


News Desk August 25, 2021
Prime Minister Imran Khan receives a telephone call from Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin on August 25. PHOTO: FILE

Prime Minister Imran Khan has stressed that a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan was vitally important for Pakistan and regional stability.

Besides ensuring safety, security and protection of rights of Afghans, an inclusive political settlement was the best way forward in resolving the crisis, he was quoted by the PM's Office as saying during a telephonic conversation with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

The two leaders exchanged views on the evolving situation in Afghanistan and bilateral relations, read the statement.

Premier Imran underscored that the international community must stay positively engaged in support of the people of Afghanistan, to help address humanitarian needs and ensure economic sustenance.

He also stressed on the importance of coordinated approaches in addressing the evolving situation and noted that Pakistan attached high importance of the role of the Troika Plus format.

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Prime Minister Imran expressed satisfaction at the upward trajectory of Pakistan-Russia relations, with increased high-level exchanges and growing cooperation in diverse fields.

He, according to the statement, reiterated his government’s resolve to strengthen trade relations as well as bilateral collaboration in energy sector, including early realisation of the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline Project.

The two leaders agreed to closely cooperate within the SCO for promoting regional peace and security.

The prime minister also reiterated his invitation to President Putin to visit Pakistan.

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President Putin, earlier today, also discussed the recent developments in Afghanistan with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping over telephone.

The two leaders expressed readiness to step up efforts to combat the threats of terrorism and drug trafficking emanating from the territory of Afghanistan, the Kremlin said in a statement on its official website.

"The importance of establishing peace in this country as soon as possible and preventing the spread of instability to neighbouring regions was emphasised. To do this, it is intended to use at maximum the potential of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation," it said.

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