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Acting Afghan Foreign Minister Maulvi Amir Khan Muttaqi is visiting Pakistan on May 5-8.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said he will lead a high-level delegation that includes Afghanistan’s acting minister of commerce and industry, Haji Nooruddin Azizi, and senior officials from Afghanistan’s ministries of foreign affairs, transport and trade.
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According to the spokesman, in addition to the bilateral meetings, the acting Afghan foreign minister will also attend the 5th China, Pakistan, Afghanistan trilateral foreign ministers’ talks on May 6. Chinese State Consul and Foreign Minister Qin Gang will also participate in the trilateral foreign ministers’ talks
According to Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, the visit of the Acting Afghan Foreign Minister is a continuation of Pakistan’s political engagement process with Afghanistan, which includes the visit of the Pakistani Foreign Minister to Kabul on 29 November 2022 and the visit of a high-level delegation. .
The spokesman said Pakistan’s defense minister visited Kabul on February 22. During the visit of Acting Foreign Minister to Afghanistan, the parties will review all areas of Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral relations in the areas of political, economic, trade, communication, peace and security and education.
The statement said Pakistan strives for a peaceful, prosperous, stable and integrated Afghanistan and reiterates its commitment to continue continuous and practical engagement with the Afghan Transitional Government.
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It should be noted that Afghanistan’s Interim Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi had previously visited Islamabad for the first time in November 2021.
Pakistan had hoped that after the Taliban came to power, border issues between the two countries would improve and the issue of terrorist safe zones would be resolved, but attacks organized by the outlawed TTP rose against expectations. Due to which tensions have arisen in bilateral relations.
Attempts by the Afghan Taliban to broker a peace deal between Pakistan and the TTP have failed.
At the recent meeting of the National Security Committee, the country’s civilian and military leadership admitted that the policy of making peace with the TTP led to an increase in terrorism. The government’s position means that Pakistan will not hold any further talks with the outlawed TTP.
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In February, a high-powered delegation led by Defense Minister Khawaja Asif and comprising the DGISI and other senior officials visited Kabul and issued a stern warning to the Afghan Taliban to address the threat posed by the banned TTP.
Pakistan confronted the Taliban government with evidence of the TTP’s presence and whereabouts. Afghan intelligence officials traveled to Islamabad to address the issue following a visit by a Pakistani delegation.
Against this background, the possible visit of the Afghan foreign minister in the coming weeks will be important.
The Afghanistan Neighboring Mechanism was established in 2021 at Pakistan’s initiative to develop a regional perspective on the situation in Afghanistan.
It should be noted that a few days ago Federal Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said in an interview that if action is not taken against the hideouts of the outlawed TTP in Afghanistan by the Afghan Taliban, then our security forces will target their hideouts.