FM Qureshi calls German counterpart, discuss Afghanistan situation

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve in supporting the international community in its efforts to strengthen peace and stability in Afghanistan.

In a telephonic conversation with German Minister for Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock on Monday, he highlighted Pakistan’s role in evacuation operations from Afghanistan.

Qureshi informed that Pakistan has so far facilitated over 90,000 evacuations. He said the urgent need is to avert a humanitarian crisis and economic meltdown in Afghanistan, which will adversely impact stability in the region and beyond.

The two ministers exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine.

Qureshi briefed his German counterpart on the grave human rights violations being committed by India after its illegal, unilateral action of August 5, 2019.

He also conveyed to Baerbock that Germany is a valued, longstanding partner of Pakistan and the latter is committed to further enhancing bilateral relations in all dimensions, particularly in the fields of trade and investment, energy, climate change and radicalisation.

Baerbock appreciated Pakistan’s assistance in its evacuation operations from Afghanistan and hoped for Pakistan’s continued support in this regard.

Qureshi invited the German minister to visit Pakistan at the earliest convenience. He added that her visit would be helpful in preparing for the prime minister’s visit to Germany.

He also congratulated his German counterpart on recently assuming her office.

The FO statement stated that Pakistan and Germany have maintained a “good trajectory of bilateral relations and remain committed to further enhance our cooperation”.

The two countries celebrated 70 years of establishment of diplomatic relations in 2021, it added.

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