Qatar and Pakistan Discuss Bilateral Ties and Afghanistan
September 9, 2021
Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani is scheduled to pay Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi a visit today. According to a Foreign Office (FO) statement, Qureshi and Al Thani, who is also Qatar’s foreign minister, will discuss developments in Afghanistan as well as bilateral relations. The Qatari deputy prime minister will also meet with other dignitaries during his visit.
According to the FO statement, the visit will “add momentum” to bilateral cooperation and strengthen coordination between the two countries on important regional and international issues. “Pakistan and Qatar have close, cordial ties that are deeply rooted in shared faith and values. The two countries work closely together on regional and global issues of mutual interest “; “Qatar is home to over 200,000 hardworking Pakistani personnel who contribute to both countries’ national development and economic progress.”
In a telephone conversation with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani on Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan emphasized that after 40 years of conflict and instability, Afghanistan has a chance to establish peaceful solution. He also reinforced Pakistan’s desire to strengthen political and economic ties with Qatar and expressed gratitude for Qatar’s assistance to Pakistan during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Particularly the care provided to more than 200,000 Pakistani workers for the progress and development of both countries.”
Following the withdrawal of the US, Qatar emerged as a significant player in Afghanistan. It was critical in the US efforts to evacuate tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan. Because of its ties to both Washington and the Taliban, which is in charge in Kabul, it is now being asked to help shape Afghanistan’s future.