He said the decision to freeze Afghanistan’s funds would not be helpful and it needed to be reconsidered.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday urged the international community to adopt a new positive attitude towards Afghanistan. He warned that isolating Afghanistan would have dire consequences for the Afghan people, the region and the world. Qureshi made the remarks at a joint press conference with Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albair. Albayers arrived in Islamabad on Friday to discuss the latest situation in Afghanistan. The two leaders held delegation-level talks at the Ministry of External Affairs before the media briefing.
“Isolating Afghanistan will have dire consequences and will not be helpful to the Afghan people, the region and the world,” Qureshi said.
He said the policy of intimidation, coercion and use of force did not work. “We have adopted a new positive approach to Afghanistan,” he said, urging the international community to recognize the new realities in Afghanistan and establish dialogue with the Taliban for peace. He urged the world to focus on preventing the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and expressed satisfaction that the conference is being held in Geneva to raise funds for the country.
He said Pakistan was contributing towards improving the situation in Afghanistan and had sent a plane carrying food and medical supplies on September 9, and has promised to send more humanitarian aid by air and land. Qureshi reiterated his request to the international community to take steps to prevent Afghanistan from failing on the economic front and this can be done by providing resources and promoting economic activities. He said the decision to freeze Afghanistan’s funds would not be helpful and it needed to be reconsidered.
The Spanish Foreign Minister expressed his desire to work closely with Pakistan and other regional countries to help the Afghan people. “Both Pakistan and Spain want stability and peace in Afghanistan, we want humanitarian aid to reach the Afghan people,” he said.