Spain lauds Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan evacuations

ISPR says Spanish FM Jose Manuel calls on army chief Gen Qamar and discusses unfolding security situation in region


News Desk September 11, 2021
Afghans crowd at the tarmac of the Kabul airport to flee the country as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and conceded the insurgents had won the 20-year war. PHOTO: AFP

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares Bueno called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi and discussed the latest situation in Afghanistan, the military said late Friday.

During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security situation including the current situation in Afghanistan and enhanced bilateral and defence cooperation were discussed, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

Both sides reiterated the combined resolve for the provision of humanitarian aid and assistance to the Afghan people, it added.

According to the military’s media wing, the Spanish FM appreciated Pakistan’s role in successful evacuation operations from Afghanistan and efforts for regional stability.

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He also pledged to play his role for further improvement in diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the changed reality in Afghanistan required a change in the world community’s outlook as well, stressing that the well-being of the Afghan people has to be the utmost priority.

The premier expressed these remarks during a meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares Bueno, who is on an official visit to Islamabad.

During the discussion, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the prime minister said that urgent measures were required to address the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people and to ensure the economic stability of the country.

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