Italy praises Pakistan's efforts for Afghan, regional peace



Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio has appreciated Pakistan's role in the Afghan situation including successful evacuation operations and efforts for regional stability, a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

The Italian FM, who is on an official visit to Pakistan, expressed these remarks during a meeting with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday.

During the meeting, according to the ISPR, matters of mutual interest, regional security, the current situation in Afghanistan and collaboration in humanitarian assistance for the war-torn country were discussed.

"Pakistan values its relations with Italy and we earnestly look forward to enhance mutually beneficial multi-domain relations based on common interest," General Qamar was quoted as saying by the ISPR.

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The military's media wing said that the visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan's role in the Afghan situation including successful evacuation operations, efforts for regional stability and pledged to play their role for further improvement in diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels.

Earlier today, the Italian foreign minister 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 Foreign Office (FO) statement, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Italian counterpart will exchange views on the latest developments in Afghanistan whereas matters pertaining to bilateral relations will also be discussed.

The two sides closely coordinate on the issue in the UN Security Council.

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Since the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban, Pakistan has been asking the global powers to remain engaged with Afghanistan to prevent another humanitarian crisis.

Last week, UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab had also visited Pakistan to discuss the situation in the war-torn country with the Pakistani leadership.

The UK top envoy had announced that the British government would not accept the Taliban government, but it would still fund humanitarian projects in the country through international organisations.

The Taliban now control all of Afghanistan after resistance in Panjshir valley, led by the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, former vice president Amarullah Saleh was defeated by Taliban forces.

(This story has been published from The Express Tribune feed, without modifications to the text)