Pak-Tajik FMs discuss Afghan situation, regional connectivity

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DUSHANBE
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has reiterated Pakistan’s consistent support for a peaceful, united, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.
The foreign minister said this at a bilateral meeting with his Tajikistan counterpart Sirojiddin Muhriddin, on the sidelines of the Council of Foreign Ministers meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on Monday.
Qureshi reiterated that there is no other way except an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement in Afghanistan. He expressed the hope that the Afghan leaders would recognise the urgency of the situation and seize historic opportunity.
Recalling the recent visit of the president of Tajikistan to Pakistan, the two foreign ministers resolved to further enhance bilateral trade, promote regional connectivity and strengthen people-to-people linkages in line with the vision of the two leaders.
The two foreign ministers reviewed the entire range of bilateral relations, with particular focus on reactivation of Joint Ministerial Commission, affected by Covid-19 pandemic; enhancing parliamentary linkages and early completion of CASA-1000.
Qureshi emphasised the importance of regional connectivity; transit trade mechanisms and cooperation in the fields of education and tourism between the two countries.
Appreciating the close cooperation between the two countries at the multilateral fora including at SCO, Qureshi congratulated his Tajik counterpart on successful stewardship of SCO under the Tajik chair this year. The two sides agreed to continue to remain in contact.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is in Tajikistan to represent Pakistan at the two-day meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization, beginning in Dushanbe on Tuesday. The foreign ministers of all SCO member states will participate in the meeting to deliberate upon important regional and international issues.
Qureshi will also participate in the ministerial level meeting of SCO Contact Group on Afghanistan. He will share Pakistan’s perspective on the situation in Afghanistan and stress the imperative of a peaceful, negotiated political solution to the issue.