A virtual meeting of foreign ministers of the neighbouring countries of Afghanistan in being held today (Wednesday) with Pakistan serving as a host “to discuss evolving situation in the war-torn country.”
A Foreign Office statement issued on Wednesday said that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will chair the meeting, which will be attended by China, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The meeting has assumed more importance after the announcement of an interim government by the Taliban on Tuesday.
The foreign ministers will review the “evolving situation in Afghanistan to address common challenges and exploit emerging opportunities to ensure regional stability and prosperity.”
“The meeting will also provide an opportunity to neighbours to work together for the shared objective of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, which is essential to forge strong economic linkages and realise connectivity agenda,” read the statement.
The Foreign Office said that the meeting will build upon the discussions, held at the special representatives/envoys level on September 5.
“A peaceful, stable, united, sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan will contribute towards transit trade, people-to-people exchanges and security in the region,” the statement concluded.