Regional & International Cooperation

Pakistan to host virtual meeting of foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighbors


Soon after the announcement of an interim cabinet in Afghanistan by the Taliban, Pakistan has announced that the country will host a virtual meeting of foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighbors, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, tomorrow, September 8th.

Foreign Ministry in a statement said Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will chair the meeting, to be attended by China, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

“At the invitation of Pakistan, Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on the Afghan issue among the neighboring countries of Afghanistan will be held in virtual format on 8 September 2021,” it said.

It added the meeting will review the evolving situation in Afghanistan to address common challenges and realize emerging opportunities to ensure regional stability and prosperity.

It will provide an opportunity to neighbors of Afghanistan to work together for shared objective of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, which is essential to forge strong economic linkages and realize connectivity agenda.

The meeting will build upon the discussions, held at the Special Representatives/Envoys level, on 5 September 2021.

“The neighbors of Afghanistan have a vital stake in the stability of the country. A peaceful, stable, united, sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan will contribute towards transit trade, people-to-people exchanges and security in the region,” said the statement.

Last Sunday, a virtual meeting of the Special Representatives of the six neighboring countries of Afghanistan, including the Special Representative of the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, was hosted by the Special Representative of the Prime Minister of Pakistan for Afghanistan to review the latest developments in Afghanistan and regional cooperation.

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