Islamabad (UNA-OIC) – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday stressed that the international community must stand in solidarity with the Afghan people, undertake positive engagement and create incentives for ensuring sustainable peace, stability and economic development in Afghanistan.
The prime minister said Pakistan had suffered enormously due to protracted conflict and instability in Afghanistan.
“As such, a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan was in the best interest of Pakistan as well as regional countries,” he said while talking to Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, who called on him.
During the meeting, views were exchanged on the latest developments in Afghanistan as well as bilateral relations.
Imran Khan noted that, at this critical juncture, it was vital to stabilize the security situation in Afghanistan, take steps to consolidate peace, and preclude any mass exodus of refugees. In this context, preventing a humanitarian crisis and stabilizing the economy were the most urgent priorities.
In the bilateral context, the prime minister said that Italy was a vital partner for Pakistan and stressed the importance of enhanced collaboration in diverse areas, including trade and investments, defense, and people-to-people contacts. He also highlighted that the large Pakistani diaspora in Italy constituted a strong bridge between the two countries.
On his part, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Mario thanked Pakistan for the facilitation of Italy’s evacuation operations. He underscored his country’s commitment to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.
The Italian foreign minister also conveyed an invitation to the prime minister to visit Italy. Meanwhile, Imran Khan reciprocated with an invitation to his Italian counterpart, Mario Draghi, to visit Pakistan.