FM Qureshi embarks on a trip to China to attend a meeting on Afghanistan

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi begins a three-day visit to China. Photo: Radio Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi began a three-day official visit to Beijing on Tuesday to attend the third meeting of foreign ministers of countries neighboring Afghanistan.

On the sidelines of the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs will meet with his counterparts from different countries during his visit.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi will hold talks with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, his Russian and Iranian counterparts, Radio Pakistan reported.

It is worth mentioning here that Pakistan launched the neighboring countries format in September last year with a view to developing a regional approach to the situation in Afghanistan.

Pakistan hosted the first meeting of foreign ministers of neighboring countries on September 8, 2021.

“See Afghanistan as a shared responsibility”

A day earlier, FM Qureshi said Afghanistan should not be seen through a regional prism, but as a “shared and collective responsibility”.

“Instability in Afghanistan will have negative consequences for the whole world,” he said in his address to a seminar on “Perspectives on the Development of the Situation in Afghanistan” organized by the Center for Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa (CAMEA) of the Institute for Strategic Studies.

The one-day seminar organized in collaboration with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) focused on the situation in Afghanistan, in particular the humanitarian crisis.

FM Qureshi said the emergence of new conflicts did not mean the world could afford to forget the old ones, adding that the wounds of the 40-year war and bloodshed in Afghanistan would take a long time to heal. “Failure is not an option.


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