FM Qureshi, Russian, Turkish, Belgian counterparts discuss Afghan situation

Dunya News

The Belgian Deputy PM thanked the Pakistani leadership for providing special assistance

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday telephoned Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmes and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and discussed situation in Afghanistan.

During the telephonic conversations with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès, the foreign minister said Pakistan is providing every possible assistance in early evacuation of staff of international organizations and diplomatic staff of different countries.

The Belgian Deputy Prime Minister thanked the Pakistani leadership for providing special assistance in the evacuation of Belgian diplomatic staff from Kabul.

In his phone call with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Qureshi said Pakistan always supported the Afghan peace process. 

He said in present situation, the security of Afghan citizens and the protection of their rights should be a top priority.

The foreign minister said Pakistan is committed to the early implementation of Stream Gas Pipeline Project with Russia.

Talking to his German counterpart Heiko Maas, the Foreign Minister said peace in Afghanistan is essential for stability in the region. He also invited his German counterpart to visit Pakistan.

In his conversation with Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu, FM Qureshi exchanged views on bilateral relations and reviewed the latest situation in Afghanistan.

Qureshi stated that the recent visit of President Dr Arif Alvi to Turkey for the launching ceremony of MILGEM Naval Ship further strengthened bilateral cooperation.

The two foreign ministers also recalled the recent telephone conversation between Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about developments in Afghanistan.

Reiterating Pakistan’s support for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Qureshi underlined the importance of an inclusive political solution as the best way forward. The Foreign Minister added that Pakistan’s National Security Committee (NSC) had underscored the importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan for Pakistan and the region. The Foreign Minister expressed the hope that the Afghan leaders would work together to achieve inclusive political settlement.

Foreign Minister Qureshi added that the current situation in Afghanistan required sustained international engagement to ensure stability and long-term economic development.

The Foreign Minister also apprised his Turkish counterpart of Pakistan’s facilitative role in evacuation of personnel of Embassies, international organizations, media entities and others.

Foreign Minister Cavusoglu appreciated Pakistan’s role in the current situation and thanked Foreign Minister Qureshi for facilitating Turkey’s evacuation efforts.

The two Foreign Ministers agreed to coordinate closely on the situation in Afghanistan.


Earlier, Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi discussed situation in Afghanistan with Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen.

Both the leaders exchanged views on the rapidly changing situation in Afghanistan on phone call. During the telephonic conversation, FM Qureshi underscored that Pakistan will continue to play its constructive role in promoting sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He also expressed the hope that Afghan parties would work for an inclusive political settlement. He stressed on the importance of ensuring the safety, security and protection of the rights of Afghan people. “The success of negotiations in Kabul would not only benefit Afghanistan but also the region,” he added.

The minister emphasized that it was imperative for the international community to remain engaged with Afghanistan including by supporting the country’s economy, reconstruction, rehabilitation and humanitarian needs. “It was also important for the Muslim Ummah to show its traditional solidarity with the Afghan people in their quest for a peaceful, united, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.”

Noting the significance of efforts towards establishing an inclusive government, Shah Mahmood Qureshi warned about spoilers within and outside Afghanistan who wanted to take advantage of the situation in the country.

He highlighted the role played by Pakistan in facilitating the evacuation and relocation of personnel of diplomatic missions, international organizations, media and others from Afghanistan.

The foreign minister expressed the hope that the talks in Kabul would succeed, leading to an inclusive and participatory government that would bring lasting peace, progress and prosperity to Afghanistan.

The OIC secretary general apprised FM Qureshi of the extra-ordinary meeting of the OIC Executive Meeting that has been convened in Jeddah at the level of Ambassadors/Permanent Representatives tomorrow, August 22, 2021, to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.