Shah Mahmood Qureshi likely to be Taliban’s first foreign guest: Report

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The Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi is expected to arrive in Kabul on Sunday to meet with Taliban leaders.

According to the Tolo news, Qureshi is scheduled to be in Kabul on August 22, Sunday. This will be the first visit by any foreign leader to the country after Taliban took control of the country.

The group is trying to form a new government after its forces swept across the country as US-led forces pulled out after two decades, with the Western-backed government and military collapsing.

The Reuters news agency reported on Saturday that the group’s co-founder, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, arrived in the Afghan capital of Kabul earlier in the day for talks with other leaders on forming the government.

Qureshi, Pakistan’s foreign minister, on Saturday held telephonic conversations with his counterparts in Russia, Germany, Turkey, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

In conversation with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, Qureshi emphasized that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was of critical importance for Pakistan and the region.


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