ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday said that the world should immediately restore frozen assets of Afghanistan.
Addressing a joint news conference along with his Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Albares in Islamabad, the foreign minister said the world community should immediately focus on averting humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. He expressed satisfaction that a conference was taking place in Geneva to raise funds for the country.
“Pakistan is contributing in its own way. One of our aircraft landed in Afghanistan yesterday with supplies of food and medicines. We will continue to extend humanitarian assistance through air and land routes,” he said.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged the world community to recognise the new reality in Afghanistan and engage with it for peace and stability.
He warned that isolating Afghanistan would have serious consequences and would not be helpful for the Afghan people, the region and the world at large. He said the approach of intimidation, pressure and coercion had not worked and we got to adopt a new positive approach regarding Afghanistan.
Alluding to the flight from Kabul to Doha, he said this safe passage is in sync with the demand of the Europeans. He said we need to encourage the Taliban to stay on course.
The foreign minister regretted that the spoilers did not allow the intra afghan dialogue reach a conclusion. He said if there had been progress on talks things would have been calmer today.
The Foreign Minister reiterated the call on the international community to take steps to avert economic collapse of Afghanistan. One of the ways is availability of resources and promoting economic activities. He suggested the decision of freezing the Afghan funds will not be helpful and be revisited.
The Spanish foreign minister said Pakistan was a very important partner for his country and the European Union. He said as both countries celebrated seventy years of the establishment of diplomatic relations, it was an excellent opportunity for us to reenergize the bilateral relationship.
He expressed the strong desire to work closely with Pakistan and other regional countries to help the Afghan people.