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Qureshi urges close Pakistan-Iran coordination on Afghanistan

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Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi has underscored the need for close coordination between Pakistan and Iran for the mutual advantage of the two countries and the region.

The foreign minister made the remarks while receiving Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Dr. Ali Bagheri Kani yesterday.

Sharing Pakistan’s perspective on the latest situation in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Qureshi said that the situation in Kbaul required immediate provision of humanitarian assistance and that the international community should fully support the Afghan people at this critical juncture.

He stressed the importance of continued economic engagement with Afghanistan to avert economic collapse, which could lead to refugee influx and regional instability.

Recalling fraternal relations between the two countries, the Foreign Minister remarked that the recent high-level exchanges have further reinforced existing ties. He emphasized early implementation of the steps, agreed during Prime Minister’s meeting with President Raisi on the margins of SCO Summit in Dushanbe.

Foreign Minister Qureshi underlined the need for regular convening of institutional frameworks to boost trade and economic relations. He said that the upcoming session of Joint Trade Committee would provide further impetus to efforts for strengthening economic linkages.

Foreign Minister Qureshi thanked Iran for its steadfast support on Jammu and Kashmir, especially at the Supreme Leader level. He underlined that Iran’s support is reassuring to the oppressed people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir in their just struggle for the right to self-determination.

The Deputy Foreign Minister thanked Foreign Minister Qureshi for receiving him.

He reaffirmed Iran’s commitment to enhance bilateral cooperation and advance shared objectives in the region. He said that Foreign Minister Dr. Amir Abdollahian looked forward to his visit to Pakistan.

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