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Pak PM Khan holds talk with Angela Merkel; urges int'l community to stay engaged with Afghan economically

The Prime Minister’s Office said PM Khan in a telephonic conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel exchanged views on the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan.
 

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Islamabad, First Published Aug 18, 2021, 2:11 PM IST
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Islamabad: Claiming to be an ally in times of crises, Pakistan government said that it is reaching out to all Afghan leaders for a peaceful settlement, Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the international community to stay engaged, particularly to support the people of the war-torn nation economically.

The Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday in a late night statement said PM Khan in a telephonic conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel exchanged views on the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan is reaching out to all Afghan leaders,” Khan told Merkel and urged that “the international community must also stay engaged, particularly to support the people of Afghanistan economically”.

Khan also underscored the immense importance of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan for Pakistan and the region, stressing that safety and security as well as protection of the rights of all Afghans was critically important, the statement said.

Khan emphasised that an inclusive political settlement was the best way forward to resolve the Afghan crisis. He said that Pakistan is facilitating evacuation of diplomatic personnel and staff of international organisations from Afghanistan.

Merkel was the third European leader to call Khan to discuss the Afghan crisis. Earlier, Khan received telephone calls from his British counterpart Boris Johnson and Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. Both the calls focused on the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

(With inputs from agency) 

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