Pakistani FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi held meeting with US Secretary of State in New York
NEW YORK – Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Thursday said that the world should not repeat the mistake of disengaging with Afghanistan.
He expressed these views during a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in New York on the sidelines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly session.
This is the first meeting between the two top diplomats and as the foreign minister’s statement after the meeting showed, it focused on Afghanistan.
Opening his meeting with Blinken, Qureshi said, “We have to find a way of collectively working to achieve our common objective, which is peace and stability.”
The foreign minister, according to a press release issued by Pakistan’s foreign office, said at the meeting that close engagement between Pakistan and the United States had always been mutually beneficial and a factor for stability in South Asia.
He reiterated Pakistan’s desire for a balanced relationship with the United States that was anchored in trade, investment, energy and regional connectivity.
FM Qureshi also reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to facilitating efforts for an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan.