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In call with UN chief, PM Imran calls for more engagement with Afghanistan

PM, UNSG discuss latest developments in Afghanistan. (Source: APP)

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a call with Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres on Saturday, called for international community’s enhanced engagement with Afghanistan to address humanitarian needs and ensure economic stability.

According to a statement issued by Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the two leaders discussed the developments in Afghanistan, with a particular focus on the humanitarian situation. PM Imran highlighted the importance of peace, stability and an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan.

The Prime Minister stressed that the opportunity to finally put an end to 40 years of conflict in Afghanistan must be seized by enabling the Afghans to achieve lasting peace, security and prosperity.

He underscored the need for the international community to become more engaged with Afghanistan, according urgent priority to addressing the humanitarian needs and ensuring economic stability.

“Such steps would not only reinforce security but also preclude any mass exodus of Afghans from their country, thus preventing a refugee crisis in Afghanistan,” the premier noted.

The premier also appreciated the vital role of the United Nations (UN) in delivering much-needed humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people. He highlighted the facilitation being provided by Pakistan to the UN in that regard including by assisting in the evacuation and relocation efforts.

Assuring Secretary General Guterres of Pakistan’s continued cooperation with the UN in the fulfillment of its mandate, the prime minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s full support for the smooth operation of UN’ humanitarian mission for Afghanistan.