Pakistani, Dutch premiers discuss Afghanistan over phone 

By: News Desk      Published: 12:33 AM, 19 Aug, 2021
Pakistani, Dutch premiers discuss Afghanistan over phone 
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.–File Photo

Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte had a telephonic conversation on the situation of Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Wednesday.

Imran Khan said Pakistan is closely following the developments and Islamabad is in touch with regional and international partners.

He stressed that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is very important for Pakistan and the region. Imran Khan called for concerted efforts to ensure the protection of human rights. The prime minister underlined that an inclusive political settlement is the best way forward.

It is equally essential for the world community to stay engaged to support the people of Afghanistan, economically and to help it rebuild, he added. Imran Khan highlighted that Pakistan is facilitating the evacuation of diplomatic personnel and staff of international organisations and others from Afghanistan.

The Dutch prime minister expressed gratitude to PM Imran Khan for facilitating diplomatic staff's safe evacuation endeavours. The two leaders agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation and cement ties.

Following the Taliban's Kabul takeover a couple of days ago, various world leaders phoned Pakistani leadership and talked about the matter. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Danish PM Mette Frederiksen, UK premier Boris Johnson rang PM Imran Khan.