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Italy’s foreign minister arrives in Pakistan to discuss Afghan crisis

FM Qureshi received his Italian counterpart. (Source: Twitter)

ISLAMABAD: Italy’s Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, arrived in Islamabad on a two-day official visit to hold talks with the country’s leadership over the situation in Afghanistan following the takeover by the Taliban.

According to a statement issued by Foreign Office on Monday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi received his Italian counterpart, Luigi Di Maio. The two representatives conferred upon the evolving situation in Afghanistan and bilateral affairs during the talks.

On the occasion, FM Qureshi said that Pakistan has a special value for the bilateral relations with Italy, adding that Italy’s efforts for containing the spread of coronavirus are highly laudable.

The foreign minister thanked Maio for the Italian support for the GSP-Plus Status extended to Pakistan, while the latter congratulated the former for assuming the presidency of G20.

Taking to Twitter, FM Qureshi welcomed Maio to Pakistan and said that the visit of the Italian delegation shows the commitment of the two countries towards working together closely for peace, stability, and cooperation.

“Good to welcome FM @luigidimaio to Pakistan. His visit reflects the resolve of the governments of Pakistan and Italy to work closely for peace and stability and to advance our level of our bilateral cooperation,” FM Qureshi wrote.

In the latest Twitter post, FM Qureshi said that Italy and Pakistan have a robust relationship, reinforced by the 150,000-member Pakistani diaspora forming a strong bridge between the two countries.

The FM wrote in another Twitter post that he and his Italian counterpart shared views on Pakistan’s support of an inclusive political statement in the neighbouring country and the importance of the international community’s engagement with the Afghan people, prioritising their humanitarian needs, and ensuring their economic stability.