Shah Mehmood Qureshi asks Taliban to be more receptive towards international opinion

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Tuesday said no one is in rush to recognize the Taliban government and urged them to be more sensitive and receptive to international opinions and views.

“I don’t think anybody is in a rush to recognize them at this stage and the Taliban should keep an eye on that as they have to be more sensitive and more receptive to international opinion.”

During a meeting in New York with the UN press representatives, Shah Mehmood urged the world to support Afghans in this hard time through different ways including unfreezing their assets.

“In my opinion, unfreezing the frozen assets of Afghanistan for [the] Afghans may serve as a major step for confidence-building that could also incentivize positive behavior,” he said.

FM Qureshi said “Afghans have faced war in the last four decades so the international community should not leave Afghans alone now,”

He said, “a peaceful Afghanistan will benefit the whole region. Pakistan wants peace and stability in Afghanistan because if the Afghanistan situation deteriorates, Pakistan will be [the] most affected.”

The foreign minister also stated that Pakistan has been hosting 3 million Afghan refugees for more than four decades with their own resources without the support of any foreign fund. Now Pakistan’s economical and financial state cannot bear the burden of refugees anymore.

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