UN Secretary General thanks Pakistan for its role in Afghanistan. The development came as Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi received a telephone call today from the United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG), Mr. Antonio Guterres. The two leaders exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Qureshi underscored that Pakistan will continue to play its constructive role in support of the efforts to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan. Further, the Foreign Minister appreciated the contribution of the United Nations in addressing the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.
Moreover, he noted that it was imperative for the international community to remain engaged with Afghanistan, including by supporting the Afghan people’s socio-economic and humanitarian needs.
UN expresses gratitude to Pakistan
UNSG Guterres expressed gratitude for Pakistan’s role in facilitating the work and humanitarian mission of UN entities in Afghanistan. He sought Pakistan’s continued support in that regard. Further, the Foreign Minister assured Mr Guterres of all possible support to the UN in the fulfilment of its mandate.
He highlighted the facilitation being provided by Pakistan to the international community in evacuation and relocation efforts. The Foreign Minister reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue to assist the UN in all possible ways.
Currently, it is welcoming as the international community is appreciating the role of Pakistan in dealing with Afghan crisis. Pakistan is dealing with the Afghan crisis since 1980s. However, the appreciation from international community has been rare. Whether it is the refugee issue or the extremism, Pakistan has stood with the international community for resolution of these challenges.
Yet, it was the recent takeover of Kabul by the Taliban that the global community could realize what was the undeniable role of Pakistan. Pakistan hopes to receive continuous support from international community in the growing crisis in the region.