FM reiterates Pakistan’s desire for balanced relations with the United States

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s desire for a balanced relationship with the United States, anchored in trade, investment, energy and regional connectivity.

He expressed these views during his meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York.

The Foreign Minister said the close engagement between Pakistan and the United States has always been mutually beneficial and a factor of stability in South Asia.

He reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate efforts for an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi stressed that only a stable and broad Afghan government, which reflects its diversity, would be able to ensure that Afghan territory is never again exploited by transnational terrorist groups.

The Foreign Minister said that the international community has a moral obligation to help the Afghan people cope with the growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

He hopes the world will not repeat the mistake of disengaging from Afghanistan.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi also highlighted the grave human rights situation in illegally occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir.

He stressed the importance of resolving the Kashmir dispute for lasting peace and stability in South Asia.

On this occasion, the US Secretary of State appreciated Pakistan’s support for the evacuation of US citizens and other nationals from Afghanistan, and its continued efforts for peace in the region.

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