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Slovenian FM shares concerns over Afghanistan with FM Qureshi

The Foreign Minister underlined that the international community should remain engaged with Afghanistan to forestall a dire humanitarian situation and to ensure economic stability.

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Foreign Minister (FM) Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his counterpart from the Republic of Slovenia Anze Logar on Thursday exchanged views on the latest developments in Afghanistan.

During the telephonic conversation, the two Foreign Ministers also discussed matters regarding the deepening of bilateral relations.

Foreign Minister Qureshi said that being a next-door neighbour of Afghanistan, Pakistan and its people have suffered the most after the people of Afghanistan.

He underscored the paramount importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan, for the safety and security of the people of Afghanistan and the region. He highlighted the salience of an inclusive political settlement.

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The Foreign Minister underlined that the international community should remain engaged with Afghanistan to forestall a dire humanitarian situation and to ensure economic stability.

He underlined that the EU can play a pivotal role in this regard. The Republic of Slovenia currently holds the Presidency of the European Union.

 

Pakistan’s engagement with the EU

Pakistan prefers to keep its ties with the EU stable. However, the overall trajectory was at a low. On 29 April 2021, the European Parliament passed a resolution seeing the terrible record of religious persecution in Pakistan. The resolution was overwhelmingly passed, 662 to 3, with 26 not voting.

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Another unprecedented action taken against Pakistan was that the resolution also called for the “Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) to immediately review Pakistan’s eligibility for GSP+ status in the light of current events and whether there is sufficient reason to initiate a procedure for the temporary withdrawal of this status and the benefits that come with it, and to report to the European Parliament on this matter as soon as possible.”

At the time anti-France sentiment was at a peak in Pakistan, with French nationals and companies leaving the country.

A country profile on Pakistan explained that the EU is Pakistan’s most important trading partner. “As a result of GSP+, more than 78% of Pakistan’s exports enter the EU at preferential rates. Around 80% of the textiles and clothing articles imported to the EU from Pakistan enter the EU at a preferential tariff rate. Around a quarter of these imports are bed linen, table linen and toilet and kitchen linen.”

As of now, the conditions have drastically changed. The world is acknowledging Pakistan’s significance as a contributor to stability in the region with the events unfolding in Afghanistan.

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German FM Heiko Maas and Dutch FM Sigrid Kaag have both shown immense support towards Pakistan and have offered to work together. Austrian FM Alexandr Schallenberg called FM Qureshi saying that Austria was ” grateful for the excellent cooperation.”

 

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Via APP with inputs from GVS

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