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In calls with Saudi, UAE, Qatari leaders, PM Imran emphasizes ‘inclusive political settlement’ in Afghanistan

September 6, 2021

Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke by phone on Sunday with the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, as well as the emir of Qatar, to discuss bilateral relations and the latest developments in Afghanistan. In all three conversations, the prime minister emphasized the importance of a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan for Pakistan and the region, and emphasized that a “inclusive political solution” was the best path to take in the war-torn country, where the Taliban are getting ready to reveal their new government alongside economic crisis nearly three weeks after taking Kabul.

Saudi crown prince

According to a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister Imran stressed the importance of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan during his call with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He emphasized that the international community had “the responsibility to stand by the Afghan people, to support them economically, and to assist in the reconstruction of the country.

The governor also emphasized the importance of addressing Afghanistan’s urgent humanitarian concerns as well as working to ensure the country’s economic stability. “Both leaders recognized the significance of an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan,” according to the statement, adding that they also urged the international community to “step up its participation” to avoid humanitarian and refugee crises.

The prime minister reinforced Pakistan’s desire to strengthen ties with Saudi Arabia, as well as Pakistan’s support for the kingdom’s political sovereignty integrity. Remembering the crown prince’s recent announcements of two objectives to combat the negative impacts of climate change and ecological pollution, the premier thanked MBS for inviting him to the launching ceremony of the Middle East Green Initiative (MGI), which is set to take place in Riyadh in October. During the conversation, Prime Minister Imran and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “agreed to collaborate to further increment and broaden bilateral ties in all spheres,” according to the statement.

 

Abu Dhabi’s crown prince

The prime minister and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed also discussed bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest. Concerning the situation in Afghanistan, the governor emphasized the importance of peace and stability, stating that an inclusive political settlement was “the best way forward to ensure the safety and security, as well as the safety of the rights of the people of Afghanistan,” according to the PMO.

Imran emphasized the importance of the international community remaining involved in order to support the Afghan people and discuss their severe humanitarian needs. The prime minister reinforced “the importance Pakistan attaches to its strong neighbor ties with the UAE and close cooperation between the two countries” in his remarks. He also congratulated the crown prince on making “excellent preparations” for the upcoming Expo 2020 and expressed his best wishes for the event’s success. According to the press release, the two leaders agreed to take steps to improve collaboration in all areas of mutual interest.

Qatari emir

Bilateral relations and the evolving situation in Afghanistan were discussed during Prime Minister Imran’s conversation with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. The prime minister emphasized that after 40 years of conflict and insecurity, Afghanistan now can establish long-term peace. He stated that the international community “must remain positively engaged and support the Afghan people at this crucial moment – both economically and in terms of efforts to rebuild the country.” Prime Minister Imran has reiterated Pakistan’s desire to strengthen economic and political ties with Qatar.

He also praised Qatar’s help and support to Pakistan during the Covid-19 pandemic, “particularly the care provided to more than 200,000 Pakistani employees who are working for both countries’ advancement and prosperity.” According to the PMO, “the two leaders agreed to maintain close contact on bilateral matters as well as regional and international issues of mutual interests”.

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