ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday discussed with the Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander de Crow the emerging situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban occupation and urged the international community to support the people of Afghanistan.
The Belgian Prime Minister called Prime Minister Khan and discussed Pakistan’s role in the Afghan crisis and the evacuation of foreign nationals from Kabul.
The Belgian prime minister is the fifth international leader to meet with the Pakistani prime minister since the Taliban took over Afghanistan.
Earlier, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Danish Prime Minister Matt Frederickson called him.
In a conversation with his Belgian counterpart, the Prime Minister emphasized the importance of the international community supporting the people of Afghanistan to meet their humanitarian needs and help rebuild the nation’s economy.
He stressed the importance of the safety and security of Afghans and the stability of the situation in Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister further said that peace and reconciliation and a comprehensive political solution would help in the efforts for stability. He further highlighted the importance of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan for Pakistan and regional stability.
The two Prime Ministers exchanged views on ongoing evacuation efforts. The Prime Minister of Belgium thanked PM Khan for his assistance in facilitating the evacuation and facilitation of foreign diplomats.
Alexander de Crow also invited Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit Belgium. The two leaders agreed to stay in close touch.
‘Safe evacuation from Afghanistan important’
Earlier on Monday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that changes were taking place in Afghanistan every day, adding that he had discussed the issue with his Danish, Swedish, Turkish and Belgian counterparts.
“Safe withdrawal from Afghanistan is important.”
The foreign minister said he had spoken to his Saudi counterpart the day before, who had asked him to transfer the country’s diplomats from Kabul to Pakistan.
There is pressure on Kabul airport, but the overall situation in Afghanistan is improving rapidly, he said, adding that conditions were better in the country’s capital.
He said that officials of the Foreign Ministry and other agencies have been given access to the monitoring cell set up in the Interior Ministry.
He added that the international community should stay in touch with the Afghan Taliban.