Pak Foreign Minister, US Special Representative Discuss Engagement with Taliban

Wednesday, 09/21/2022

Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in a meeting with Tom West, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, has called for continued international interaction with the Taliban.

In the meeting, West, however, has expressed "grave concerns" about the violation of the fundamental freedom of Afghans by the Taliban.

According to a statement released by Pakistan's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, Zardari told West in New York that "a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan is a priority for Pakistan”.

The statement said that Pakistan's Foreign Minister emphasised on Pakistan's efforts to facilitate a regional consensus on Afghanistan.

Both sides have also stressed on providing humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

The Foreign Minister of Pakistan said in this meeting that failure to address humanitarian issues and poverty in Afghanistan can lead to a mass migration of refugees from Afghanistan.

The US special representative for Afghanistan Tom West on Twitter said that during the meeting with Pakistan's Foreign Minister, he discussed joint efforts to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

West added that during this meeting, he expressed his deep concern about the violation of the basic rights and freedoms of Afghan citizens by the Taliban.

The US Special Representative has also stressed on the fact that the Taliban must fulfil its commitments to not harbour terrorist groups in Afghanistan.

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