Pakistani Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, said that a stable, peaceful, and prosperous Afghanistan is a “priority” for Pakistan while meeting the US special representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West, in New York.

Zardari reportedly stressed the importance of sustaining international engagement with the caretaker Taliban government for long-term stability and peace in Afghanistan in his conversation with Thomas West, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, who visited him in New York.

The Pakistani Foreign Minister outlined a variety of measures Pakistan had taken to enhance bilateral relations with Afghanistan as well as substantial facilitation of international humanitarian aid.

The potential for a large-scale refugee exodus and the opportunity for terrorists and extremists to benefit from it, according to Bilawal, has both regional and global repercussions.

The US Special Representative applauded Pakistan for its efforts to promote security and peace in Afghanistan and to facilitate evacuations.

The two sides agreed that their shared goals of ongoing international involvement and efforts to lessen Afghan people’s suffering and advance regional peace and stability required continued cooperation.

This comes as the Pakistani Foreign Minister visited New York, US for the UN’s 77th session of the General Assembly, where the representatives from the Taliban government are not invited to attend.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).