ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has exchanged views with President European Council Charles Michel on the unfolding situation in Afghanistan.
In a telephonic conversation on Thursday, the Prime Minister highlighted the positive role of Pakistan in facilitating evacuation of diplomatic personnel and staff of international organizations and others from Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister shared Pakistan’s perspective, stressing that a stable and peaceful Afghanistan is in the vital interest of Pakistan and the region.
He underscored the importance of ensuring safety and security as well as protection of the rights of all Afghans.
Imran Khan underlined that an inclusive political settlement is the best course forward.
He expressed the hope that the Afghan leaders would continue to work together to achieve that end. The Prime Minister reaffirmed that Pakistan will steadfastly support all efforts in this direction.
He underscored that stabilizing the security situation in Afghanistan is essential to preserve peace, effectively respond to any humanitarian challenges and ensure economic well-being of the Afghan people in their country.
He added that the current situation in Afghanistan required sustained engagement of the international community.
The Prime Minister and President European Council agreed that both sides remain in contact and coordinate closely on the situation in Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister also extended an invitation to the President European Council to visit Pakistan.
The President of European Council thanked the Prime Minister for hosting evacuees in transit.