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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad today,distributed books, school bags, stationary and items of winter clothing among 200 Afghan refugee children.

Addressing the ceremony, Foreign Minister Qureshi highlighted the generous hospitality extended by the people of Pakistan to their Afghan brothers and sister during the last four decades. At any given point during these years, on average over three million Afghans have been living in Pakistan. He stated that Pakistan had ensured education facilities to the Afghan refugees at par with its own citizens and will continue to invest in the education of the refugee children as it is the real investment for a prosperous future of Afghanistan. He also underscored the importance of trilateral cooperation between Pakistan-China-Afghanistan for peace in Afghanistan and the region, deepening connectivity, mutual development and economic prosperity.

On this occasion, Ambassador of China Yao Jing appreciated Pakistan’s continued hospitality to millions of Afghan refugees and expressed his country’s desire to work for expanding trilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interests. The Afghan C.d’A thanked Pakistan for hosting Afghan refugees for almost four decades and stated that the trilateral cooperation will contribute towards peace and stability in Afghanistan.


5th December, 2018

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