Afghanistan’s ‘new reality’ is forcing the world to ditch ‘old lenses’: Pak FM Qureshi
By Sajjad Hussein
(Eds: update with more details)
Islamabad, Sep 8 (PTI) Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday hosted the first ministerial meeting of Afghanistan’s neighbors since the Taliban seized power in Kabul, saying that although the situation in the weary country of war is “complex and fluid”, its “new reality” has forced the world to shed “old lenses” and take a “realistic approach”.
Qureshi posted a series of tweets as he chaired the first virtual meeting of foreign ministers from China, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – Afghanistan’s neighbors.
âThe situation in Afghanistan remains complex and fluid. We hope that the political situation will stabilize and soon lead to normalcy. The new reality is forcing us to get rid of old goals, develop new ideas and take a realistic / pragmatic approach, âhe said in one of his tweets.
The meeting comes a day after the Taliban unveiled a hard-line interim government led by Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund, with key roles shared by leading members of the insurgent group, including a specially appointed global terrorist from the dreaded network Haqqani as Minister of the Interior. .
He said that at the center of the effort must remain the well-being of the Afghan people, who have suffered greatly from the conflict for more than 40 years.
âFollowing recent developments, the main priorities are to prevent a humanitarian crisis and to take measures to prevent economic collapse,â he said.
He said that the participants agreed that peace in Afghanistan will contribute to “the securing of the borders, the end of the threat of terrorism from Afghan soil, the possibilities of a dignified return of the refugees to their land, economic stability and the ” improved standard of living and connectivity / greater regional eco-integration.
He appreciated the positive and constructive response to Pakistan’s proposal for a regional approach to respond to the evolving situation in Afghanistan.
âIt cannot be stressed enough that this requires increased engagement from the international community, especially at this critical juncture. Our collective voice with the international community will reinforce our message of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan, âhe said.
Later, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said that during the meeting, views were exchanged on developments in Afghanistan for a regional approach.
“The Foreign Minister stressed that a common approach would help Afghanistan on the path to peace and stability and result in deeper economic integration and the realization of connectivity projects,” the OP said in a press release issued after the meeting.
He expressed hope that the meeting would lay a solid foundation for strong regional engagement on the situation in Afghanistan, he said.
Earlier, the OF had said that the meeting of foreign ministers on the Afghan issue was being held at the invitation of Pakistan.
The meeting will build on discussions held at the representative / envoy level on September 5.
China, along with Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, attended the meeting hosted by Pakistan on September 5 to discuss developments in Afghanistan.
“The participants exchanged views mainly on the situation in Afghanistan, in particular the cooperation between the neighboring countries of Afghanistan on the affairs related to Afghanistan, and maintained communication with Russia, reaching a broad consensus,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a press conference in Beijing about the September 5 meeting.
Afghanistan’s neighbors have a vital interest in the stability of the country. A peaceful, stable, united, sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan will contribute to transit trade, people-to-people exchanges and security in the region.
The Taliban took control of war-torn Afghanistan in mid-August, ousting the previous elected leadership that was backed by the West.
Pakistan has already said before the Taliban’s announcement of the interim government that it will not grant recognition to the new government on the basis of regional consensus. PTI SH RS AKJ ZH
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