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Qureshi meets Blinken, urges engagement with Taliban

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in New York
Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in New York on Thursday on the sidelines of the 76th United Nations Normal Meeting session.

The assembly, which lasted virtually an hour, started at 1pm New York time on the Palace Lodge within the metropolis, in response to Blinken’s schedule on the web site of the US Division of State.

That is the primary assembly between the 2 high diplomats and because the international minister’s assertion after the assembly confirmed, it targeted on Afghanistan.

Secretary Blinken is scheduled to present a press briefing at 4:45pm native time and should speak about this assembly as nicely.

Mr Qureshi mentioned that shut engagement between Pakistan and the US had all the time been mutually useful and an element for stability in South Asia. He reiterated Pakistan’s want for a balanced relationship with the US that was anchored in commerce, funding, power and regional connectivity.

In keeping with the official Pakistani assertion, the international minister reiterated Pakistan’s dedication to facilitating efforts for an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan. Pakistan, he mentioned, additionally believed that “solely a steady and broad-based authorities in Afghanistan, which displays its range and preserves the good points made by the nation since 2001, would have the ability to be sure that Afghan territory isn’t exploited by transnational terrorist teams ever once more”.

Mr Qureshi famous {that a} new political actuality had emerged in Afghanistan, including that “whereas the Taliban needs to be held to their commitments, the worldwide neighborhood has an ethical obligation to assist the Afghan individuals cope with the rising humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan.”

He hoped that the world wouldn’t repeat the error of disengaging with Afghanistan because it did within the Nineteen Nineties.

However diplomatic sources in Washington say that the Biden administration isn’t but prepared to have interaction with the Taliban and is ready to see if Kabul’s new rulers preserve their guarantees to increase their authorities to incorporate non-Taliban members and to respect common human rights.

Mr Qureshi additionally raised the Kashmir problem within the assembly, highlighting the grave human rights state of affairs in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and underscored the significance of resolving the Kashmir dispute for lasting peace and stability in South Asia.

Secretary Blinken appreciated Pakistan’s help for the evacuation of US residents and different nationals from Afghanistan, and its continued efforts for peace within the area.

In a tweet on his official web site, Mr Qureshi mentioned that in his assembly with Secretary Blinken he reiterated Pakistan’s give attention to a relationship anchored in commerce, funding, power and regional connectivity.

“Shared with Secretary Blinken the significance of the worldwide neighborhood holding the Taliban to their commitments; additionally, for a similar neighborhood to recognise its ethical obligation to assist the Afghan individuals with the rising humanitarian disaster,” he wrote.

“The world shouldn’t repeat the error of disengaging with Afghanistan persistently. There isn’t any navy resolution and Pakistan is dedicated to facilitating inclusive political settlement.”

He added that “Pakistan has lengthy desired high-level contacts with the US management, significantly after the collapse of the US- backed authorities in Kabul”.

Mr Qureshi, who’s in New York to attend the UN Normal Meeting session, has held a sequence of bilateral conferences along with his counterparts from around the globe. He used his conferences and different engagements to induce world leaders to remain engaged with Afghanistan’s new rulers.

Though Pakistan has been urging the world to remain engaged with Afghanistan’s new rulers, it has not but publicly backed the Taliban’s name for a seat within the UN Normal Meeting.

By Thursday, it was apparent that Afghanistan’s new rulers are unlikely to talk at or symbolize their nation within the present session of the UN Normal Meeting. Representatives of the earlier Afghan authorities, which collapsed final month when the Taliban captured Kabul, nonetheless occupy the Afghan mission on the United Nations. On Tuesday, they attended the session that US President Joe Biden addressed.

On Sept 15, UN Secretary Normal Antonio Guterres acquired a letter from the at the moment accredited Afghan ambassador, Ghulam Isaczai, stating that he and different members of his group will symbolize Afghanistan on the 76th UNGA.

On Sept 20, the Taliban-controlled Afghan Ministry of Overseas Affairs additionally despatched a communication to Guterres, requesting to take part within the present UNGA. A Taliban chief, Ameer Khan Muttaqi, signed the letter as the brand new Afghan international minister

Within the letter, the Taliban additionally introduced nominating their spokesperson Suhail Shaheen as the brand new Afghan envoy to the UN.

Afghanistan is scheduled to deal with the UN Normal Meeting on Sept 27.