Islamabad : Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Saturday that the world should engage with Afghanistan to address humanitarian needs and ensure economic stability to avert a refugee crisis in the war-torn country.
Imran Khan spoke by phone with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the two leaders discussed developments in Afghanistan, with particular emphasis on the humanitarian situation.
According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s office, Imran Khan stressed the need for the international community to engage more with Afghanistan, giving urgent priority to meeting humanitarian needs and ensuring economic stability.
“Such measures would not only enhance security but would also prevent any mass exodus of Afghans from their country, thus preventing a refugee crisis in Afghanistan,” he said.
Imran Khan underlined the importance of peace, stability and an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan, stressing that the opportunity to finally end 40 years of conflict in the country must be seized by allowing Afghans to achieve peace, security and prosperity, the statement said.
He appreciated the vital role of the United Nations in providing much needed humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people and highlighted the facilitation provided by Pakistan to the United Nations, including assisting with evacuation and resettlement efforts.
Assuring Antonio Guterres of Pakistan’s continued cooperation with the UN in fulfilling his mandate, Imran Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s full support for the proper functioning of the UN humanitarian mission in Afghanistan, the statement said.
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