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FM Qureshi calls for engagement to prevent humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was addressing virtually the ministerial meeting of Afghanistan's neighbours. Source: APP/PID.

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has called for an enhanced international community’s engagement to prevent a humanitarian crisis and economic meltdown in Afghanistan.

Addressing virtually the ministerial meeting of Afghanistan’s neighbours, the foreign minister said if a humanitarian crisis is prevented and economic stability is assured, then peace can be consolidated and a mass exodus precluded. Qureshi said renewed diplomatic and international presence in the country would reassure the Afghan people.

He said the urgent provision of humanitarian assistance, with UN and its various agencies playing a lead role, would reinforce the process of confidence-building.

The foreign minister hoped for an early stabilization of the political situation in Afghanistan as it will lead to normalcy. He stressed the new situation requires discarding old lenses, developing new insights, and proceeding with a realistic and pragmatic approach.

Qureshi said Afghanistan must be enabled to get through this testing time and realize its full potential to advance the common vision of a peaceful, stable, prosperous, and inter-connected region.