Pakistan, interim Afghan govt vow to strengthen ties


Pakistan on Tuesday established first formal and public contact with the interim Afghan authorities when its envoy in Kabul met Taliban-nominated appearing overseas minister, Maulvi Amir Khan Mutaqi.

This was the primary assembly between a Pakistani official and the consultant of the interim Afghan authorities introduced final week, 23 days after the autumn of Kabul, though either side have been in common contacts even earlier than the announcement of interim setup.

“Called on the new Afghan Foreign Minister H.E Amir Khan Mutaqi and discussed strengthening bilateral cooperation particularly facilitating humanitarian, economic and people to people exchanges,” Mansoor Ahmed Khan, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kabul mentioned in a tweet after the assembly.

He was the primary overseas envoy to fulfill the Afghan overseas minister, suggesting Pakistan’s coverage of staying engaged with the brand new dispensation in Kabul.

Observers additionally see the event as de facto recognition of the Taliban authorities by Pakistan.

The assembly, based on the Taliban spokesperson, came about on the ministry of overseas affairs of Afghanistan.

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Sohail Shahin, Taliban spokesperson, mentioned the 2 mentioned “smooth movement of people at Torkham and Spin Boldak border and problems of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.”

Zabiullah Mujahid additionally tweeted the event.

Pakistan as a matter of coverage just isn’t accepting any new refugees from Afghanistan and solely allowing individuals who want medical therapy, foreigners and evacuees who’ve legitimate travel paperwork via its land routes with Afghanistan.

The Torkham, which is the primary border crossing, was closed for pedestrian motion by the Afghan Taliban on Monday. However, the border was reopened on Tuesday, confirmed the Pakistani officers.

The Taliban spokesperson mentioned the Pakistan Ambassador promised to facilitate motion of individuals at Torkham and Spin Boldak and resolve issues confronted by the Afghan refugees there.

The Afghan overseas minister and the Pakistani envoy additionally mentioned the bilateral relationship and the humanitarian assist, as per the Taliban spokesperson.

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Pakistan was amongst the primary nations which dispatched humanitarian assist to Afghanistan, whose financial system is on the snapping point.

The UN Secretary General on the Geneva convention on Monday warned that the important meals provides may dry up by the top of this month. He additionally mentioned the humanitarian scenario was so dire in Afghanistan that each third Afghan didn’t know the place they might get the following meal from.

The worldwide group on Monday pledged $1.2 billion help, a move welcomed by the Afghan Taliban authorities. The appearing overseas minister in his maiden press convention, nevertheless, added that the help must be distributed via the federal government.

Pakistan is on the forefront looking for humanitarian and political help for Afghanistan because it fears that financial collapse and humanitarian crises would result in mass exudes of refugees.

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