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FM Qureshi Urges International Community to Engage with Taliban-Led Afghan Govt

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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said engagement with Afghanistan was crucial as nobody wanted to see civil war and a financial breakdown in Kabul.

Addressing the opening session of the 9th meeting of Troika Plus in Islamabad, Qureshi said that everyone wants radical elements operating inside Afghanistan to be dealt with effectively.

Held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the meeting was attended by Special Representatives of China, Pakistan, Russia and the United States, and the visiting delegation of the interim government of Afghanistan led by acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi.

This is the first official visit of the interim Afghan foreign minister since the Taliban resumed power after the messy withdrawal of US-led foreign forces from the war-riven country in August.

FM Qureshi said the Troika Plus meeting echoed the shared yearning to see a “peaceful, stable, unified, sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan”.

He also articulated confidence that Troika Plus engagement with the new Afghan government would help ensure peace and stability, promote workable economic growth and help narrow space for extremist groups operating from and within the war-battered country.

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