ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan had ensured education facilities to Afghan refugees at par with its own citizens and would continue to invest in the education of the refugees children as it was the real investment for a prosperous future of Afghanistan.
He expressed these views while addressing a ceremony held here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he distributed books, school bags, stationary and items of winter clothing among 200 Afghan refugee children.
He 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 had been living in Pakistan, he added.
The foreign minister 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 Charge d’ Affaires thanked Pakistan for hosting Afghan refugees for almost four decades and said the trilateral cooperation would contribute towards peace and stability in Afghanistan.