In a meeting with Pakistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Zhang Ming, the Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), emphasized the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan and urged the Taliban to address the concerns of the international community and uphold human rights.

The Pakistani side, in the meeting on July 22nd on Friday, emphasized the necessity for increased engagement with the Taliban for regional peace, stability, and connectivity while the two countries reviewed the SCO’s development agenda.

They added that the international community must provide support to help solve the twin challenges of a terrible humanitarian situation and an economic collapse.

They believe that the interim Afghan authorities must address foreign concerns about inclusivity, respect for all Afghans’ rights, especially girls’ education, and ongoing counterterrorism measures.

The SCO is an eight-nation trans-regional multilateral organization that includes Pakistan, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan.

This comes as the Pakistani Foreign Minister also discussed and stressed the need for an increased constructive engagement and cooperation with the Taliban government for regional stability, with Iran’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Affairs.

Earlier, the Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan also called on the international community to enhance interaction and engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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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).