FM assures Afghanistan’s interim PM of Pakistan’s humanitarian assistance

KABUL: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday met the interim prime minister of Afghanistan, Mullah Hassan Akhund, and discussed issues of mutual interest.

He assured the Afghan interim prime minister that Pakistan is committed to extend humanitarian assistance to Afghan brothers.

The foreign minister said Pakistan wants lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan. He mentioned the steps taken by Pakistan in this regard, including visa facilities for Afghan citizens and the establishment of new border points to facilitate movement.

Qureshi said Pakistan, in collaboration with Afghanistan’s neighbours, is committed to play a constructive role for peace and stability in the region.

Earlier, the deputy prime minister of Afghanistan’s interim government, Maulvi Abdul Salam Hanafi, welcomed the foreign minister and his delegation. The interim foreign minister of Afghanistan, Amir Khan Muttaki, was also present.

Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Ambassador Muhammad Sadiq, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan, senior military leadership, and other members of the Pakistani delegation were present in the meeting.

Maulvi Abdul Salam Hanafi hosted a banquet in honour of Qureshi and his delegation at the Arg Palace. A large number of cabinet members of the interim government joined them.

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