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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi received a telephone call from Dutch Foreign Minister, Sigrid Kaag, today.

Both sides exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan and matters of bilateral importance.

The two Foreign Ministers noted that Prime Minister Imran Khan and Prime Minister Mark Rutte had exchange of views on 19 August 2021.

Foreign Minister Qureshi said that safety, security and stability in Afghanistan were of critical importance and an inclusive political settlement was the best way forward.

The Foreign Minister added that Pakistan was in touch with regional and international partners. It was essential for the world community to stay engaged in order to support the people of Afghanistan, economically and to help rebuild the country.

The Foreign Minister stressed that Pakistan and Netherlands must work together both bilaterally as well as through the European Union.

The Foreign Minister apprised the Dutch Foreign Minister of Pakistan’s efforts for the evacuation of diplomatic personnel and staff of international organizations including Dutch nationals and others from Afghanistan.

The Dutch Foreign Minister thanked Pakistan for support and facilitation for their evacuation endeavours.

21 August 2021

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