During a meeting in Kabul on Tuesday, Amir Khan Muttaqi, the acting Foreign Affairs Minister, emphasized to a Pakistani delegation led by Asif Durrani, Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, that security and political concerns should not lead to the closure of routes between the two countries.
Meanwhile, he emphasized that security issues must be resolved through joint committees.
In a press release, Muttaqi mentioned that during the meeting, they discussed various topics, including the detention of Afghan migrants in Pakistan, the treatment of Afghan travellers on the Chaman-Boldak route, and the development of facilities for exporting vegetables and fruits. They also discussed the transit of goods for Afghan traders in Karachi.
The press release said that both sides emphasized the need to seek solutions to the existing problems between the two countries as soon as possible to prevent future unpleasant incidents.
Muttaqi emphasized that Afghanistan and Pakistan, as Islamic neighbouring countries, should refrain from expressing hostility towards each other, not to create distance between the two nations.
The press release quoted the acting minister, Muttaqi, as saying that the Taliban administration’s policy towards neighbouring countries and the region is based on goodwill and strives to prevent anyone from undermining the relationship between the two
Asif Durrani, Pakistan’s special representative for Afghanistan, has expressed his commitment to addressing trade, transit, and transit route issues between the two countries.
According to the press release of the Foreign Ministry of Afghanistan, Mr Durrani added that Pakistan is ready to cooperate with the Taliban administration in various fields and will allocate scholarships for Afghan students. He also emphasized continued cooperation between Pakistan and the Taliban in security.
The Pakistani delegation travelled to Kabul at a time when recent clashes between the border security forces of the Taliban administration and Pakistan led to the closure of the Torkham border crossing, and this route remained closed for several days.