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Pakistan’s Hina Rabbani Stresses Imperative of ‘Practically’ Engaging with Afghan Government

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Hina Rabbani Khar, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, stressed the imperative for the world community to engage “practically” with the caretaker Afghan government.

According to a statement from the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, November 29, the Pakistani official Hina Rabbani Khar undertook a one-day official visit to Afghanistan where she met with the current Afghan administration’s several authorities.

The Pakistani top official, according to the statement, held meetings with the Afghan Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister for Administrative Affairs, Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum, and Acting Minister of Commerce and Industry.

Hina Rabbani, in her meetings with Afghan authorities, discussed bilateral issues of mutual interest in the areas of health, education, trade, regional connectivity, and other socio-economic issues.

The Minister of State emphasized the need for practical cooperation between the international community and the interim Afghan government in order to assist Afghanistan in addressing the country’s catastrophic humanitarian situation and other reconstruction matters.

She emphasized further that the goal of a practical engagement would be furthered by the unfreezing of Afghanistan’s financial assets.

The Pakistani side also discussed matters of mutual cooperation in the face of the growing terrorism, including joint counter-terrorism measures in preserving regional security.

Pakistan’s Rabbani Khar also visited women representatives of the chamber of commerce, where she pledged that her country would give “special preference” to importing products produced by women businesses in Afghanistan.

This comes as the Pakistani female minister traveled to Kabul for a day-long visit, along with a high-ranking Pakistani delegation, which reportedly included the Finance Minister of Pakistan.

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