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Qureshi, Blinken discuss ‘rapidly changing’ Afghan situation

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Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi received a telephone call from U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken.

The two leaders discussed the rapidly changing situation in Afghanistan.

The Foreign Minister shared Pakistan’s perspective noting the significant change in the situation within a short span and the avoidance of violence. He stressed the importance of inclusive political settlement as the best way forward.

The Foreign Minister underlined that Pakistan would remain closely engaged with the U.S. and other international partners in promoting efforts in support of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. He stressed that continued U.S. economic engagement with Afghanistan was of crucial importance as well.

The Foreign Minister also apprised Secretary Blinken of Pakistan’s efforts to facilitate the evacuation of personnel and staff of diplomatic missions, international organizations, media and others.

On Pakistan-U.S. bilateral relations, the Foreign Minister underlined Pakistan’s commitment to forging a broad-based, long-term and sustainable relationship with the United States that was anchored in peace, deeper economic cooperation, and regional connectivity.

The Foreign Minister and Secretary of State agreed to remain in close contact to promote the shared objectives.

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