German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad and exchanged views on the Afghanistan situation and Pakistan-Germany bilateral relations.
During the meeting, the prime minister recalled his conversation with Chancellor Angela Merkel, in which the two leaders had positive exchange of views on the Afghanistan situation.
Prime Minister Imran stressed that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was vitally important for Pakistan and the region.
He said that at this pivotal moment in Afghanistan’s history, it was important for the international community to remain in support and solidarity with the Afghans.
The premier also underlined the need of taking urgent steps to stabilise the security situation, address humanitarian needs, and ensure economic stability in Afghanistan.
These would require sustained engagement with Afghanistan, he added.
PM Imran Khan has underscored that both Pakistan and Germany should work closely for the promotion of shared interests relating to regional peace and stability.
Foreign Minister Maas also conveyed cordial greetings of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
While sharing Germany’s viewpoint on the evolving situation in Afghanistan, Maas thanked for Pakistan’s support and facilitation for evacuation of German nationals from Afghanistan.
The German FM also highlighted the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Pakistan-Germany diplomatic relations during 2021. The two countries are holding a series of events to celebrate this milestone in a befitting manner.