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Afghanistan confirms acting FM Muttaqi's visit to Pakistan

09 Nov, 2021
Afghanistan acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi will visit Pakistan on Wednesday. File photo
Afghanistan acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi will visit Pakistan on Wednesday. File photo

A senior delegation led by Afghanistan's acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi will travel to Pakistan on Wednesday (tomorrow) on his maiden visit since the Taliban assumed power in Kabul.

Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Abdul Qahar Balkhi tweeted the delegation will discuss "enhancing ties, economy, transit, refugees and expanding facilities for movement of people."

He also said the delegation will include ministers and working groups from Finance and Trade ministries.

Pakistan has extended a special invitation to Muttaqi to attend the Troika Plus meeting which is scheduled to be held in Islamabad on November 11, reported Geo.

Quoting an official, the report said: "Special Representatives for Afghanistan from the US, China, Russia and Pakistan will be meeting on Thursday and we hope that Mr Muttaqi will also be able to attend."

According to the report, the Troika Plus meeting on Afghanistan will be attended by Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Ambassador Mohammad Sadiq, State Department’s Special Representative and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Afghanistan Thomas West, Russia’s special envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov and Chinese special envoy for Afghanistan Yue Xiaoyong.

Although Pakistan has so far not recognised the Taliban governmen, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi last month visited Kabul after the Taliban took over the country following 20 years of US-backed government in the country.

During his trip, Qureshi said Pakistan was determined to help Afghanistan avoid a collapse of its economy and agreed measures to ease some border restrictions and facilitate trade.

Qureshi was accompanied by the head of the ISI, Faiz Hameed, who had also visited Kabul following the Taliban takeover.

The report said Qureshi had invited Muttaqi to visit Pakistan and he had accepted the foreign minister's invitation.