Taliban takeover in Afghanistan: FM to share Pak perspective with friendly states
August 18, 2021 01:10 AM
Pakistan has decided to share its perspective on Afghanistan with its friendly states in wake of the Taliban takeover, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Tuesday.
According to sources, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will leave for a visit to four countries – Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Iran – from August 25.
Earlier in the day, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Pakistan was in touch with other countries on the matter of Afghanistan and mentioned telephonic conversations between Prime Minister Imran Khan and his counterparts of UK and Denmark, and bigwigs of other states.
The National Security Council that met on the Afghanistan situation reiterated Pakistan's desire to have a peaceful neighbour. The council noted Pakistan time and again urged the international community to work together to ensure a political settlement.
It added: "The ideal time to end the conflict through negotiations might have been when the US/Nato troops were at maximum military strength in Afghanistan. Continuation of foreign military presence for a longer duration now would not have yielded a different outcome.
"Therefore, US President Joe Biden's administration's endorsement of the decision made during the Donald Trump presidency – to withdraw all United States troops from Afghanistan – was indeed a logical conclusion to this conflict."