Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will host the Foreign Minister of The Netherlands, Ms Sigrid Kaag in Islamabad today. Both Ministers will discuss the developments in Afghanistan. Pakistan has made close contact with The Netherlands and is likely to add to their existing bilateral relations.
With the chaos the ensued at Kabul airport, Pakistan had offered full facilitation to evacuate citizens and other dutch personnel from Afghanistan. Foreign Office released a statement emphasising the cordial relations Pakistan and The Netherlands enjoy, as one of the key trading partners in the European Union.
FM Qureshi expounded that FM Kaag’s visit would amplify the political and economic relation.
Previously, the Dutch FM had also telephoned FM Qureshi on 21st August 2021 and shared views on Afghanistan. Foreign Minister Qureshi said that safety, security and stability in Afghanistan were of critical importance and an inclusive political settlement was the best way forward.
The Foreign Minister added that Pakistan was in touch with regional and international partners. It was essential for the world community to stay engaged to support the people of Afghanistan, economically and to help rebuild the country.
The Foreign Minister stressed that Pakistan and Netherlands must work together both bilaterally as well as through the European Union.
The Foreign Minister apprised the Dutch Foreign Minister of Pakistan’s efforts for the evacuation of diplomatic personnel and staff of international organizations including Dutch nationals and others from Afghanistan.
The Dutch Foreign Minister thanked Pakistan for support and facilitation for their evacuation endeavours.
Spoke to FM @ministerBZ on situation in #Afghanistan.
➖Agreed int’l cooperation is critical for prosperity of Afghan people
➖Shared imp of inclusive political settlement
➖Shared commitment to evacuating diplomats, personnel & others from Afg, including Dutch requests. 🇵🇰 🇳🇱
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) August 21, 2021
Pakistan’s effective evacuation facilitation and on track diplomacy
Undoubtedly, Pakistan has taken the centre stage of world politics with the rapid changes enveloping Afghanistan. Pakistan has been busy securing flights for evacuees, maintaining diplomatic channels globally via calls as well as receiving guests at home. Recently FM Qureshi hosted German FM Heiko Maas and received calls from his counterparts in the UK, European Union’s Foreign Affairs chief Josep Borrell, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, South Korea’s FM Chung Eui-Yong, Denmark, and more.
While India was on a smear campaign to downgrade Pakistan’s position as a peaceful country, the world noticed Pakistan’s efforts in neutralising the region with its effective engagement with Afghanistan.
FM Qureshi has recently completed touring regional countries like Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Iran and Turkmenistan.