Blame game will not serve region,Qureshi tells Afg


DUSHANBE: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that negative statements could not cloud Pakistan’s positive contributions to the Afghan peace process and “blame game would not serve the region.”
The foreign minister made these remarks in a meeting with Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Council of Foreign Ministers (SCO-CFM) meeting in Tajikistan.
The foreign minister urged his Afghan counterpart to address all concerns through established institutional mechanisms, including APAPPS. During the meeting, views were exchanged on the latest developments in Afghanistan and the way forward, the Foreign Office said in a statement.
Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s consistent support to a peaceful and united Afghanistan, at peace with itself and with its neighbours.
In view of the withdrawal of international forces from the war-torn country, the foreign minister urged the Afghan leaders to achieve a negotiated political settlement at the earliest, adding that such an outcome would bring peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan.
Qureshi remarked that the Afghan leaders should seize the historic opportunity and take advantage of international convergence on the final settlement of the Afghan conflict by working together on an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.
The foreign minister expressed concern over the high level of violence, which has resulted in innumerable loss of lives. He emphasised immediate steps to decrease violence, leading to comprehensive ceasefire. He said that Pakistan looks forward to hosting a review meeting of APAPPS in Islamabad at the earliest.
“Pakistan supports a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, which would yield mutual dividends and benefits in terms of peace in the region, economic prosperity and regional connectivity,” he added.
Separately, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to cooperative multilateralism to pursue shared goals of a more democratic, equitable, fair and just international order.
He was virtually addressing the online Mid-term Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) under the theme “Non-Aligned Movement at the centre of multilateral efforts in responding to global challenges” on Tuesday.
The foreign minister said it is tragic that the people of Palestine and Occupied Jammu and Kashmir are still waiting to exercise their right to self-determination for over seven decades now. He called upon NAM and the international community to secure a just, peaceful and expeditious resolution of these long-standing disputes in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the aspirations of local people.
The foreign minister also proposed an equitable and affordable supply of anti-Covid vaccines to everyone and everywhere to defeat the virus and overcome the challenges that flow from it.
The minister suggested to urgently mobilise the financial resources needed by developing countries to recover from the Covid-19 induced recession and to restore them on the path to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. – TLTP