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Taliban to form Govt in few days: Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his German counterpart Heiko Maas. Photo: Radio Pakistan

Afghanistan is set to form its own government in a few days, said Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi Tuesday, hours after the last US armed forces personnel left Afghanistan.

“We expect that a consensus government will be formed in the coming days in Afghanistan,” Shah Mehmood Qureshi told a news conference in Islamabad with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas by his side.

Qureshi said Pakistan was already hosting three million Afghan refugees, adding that they were being provided all facilities including health, education etc.

“Pakistan has kept its borders open. People are travelling between the two countries and trade is also going on,” Geo news Qureshi as having said.

Qureshi called on the international community to provide Afghanistan with every possible help. “Pakistan wishes to see a stable, prosperous and progressive Afghanistan,” he added.

The German foreign minister, on the other hand, welcomed the Afghan Taliban’s recent statements in which they have promised no retribution and assured to uphold human rights in the country.

Maas said it would be better if a broad-based, inclusive government was formed in Afghanistan.

He said that the situation in Afghanistan had changed “dramatically”, adding that Pakistan had helped in the evacuation of the citizens of Afghanistan, Germany, and other countries.

“I have spoken to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the Afghanistan issue,” he said. “We would like to thank Pakistan for evacuating German citizens from the country.”

The United States expects the Taliban to live up to their commitments now that US troops have pulled out of Afghanistan, but any legitimacy or support will need to be “earned,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday.

America’s top diplomat, speaking just hours after the final US evacuation flights left Kabul, said Washington has suspended its diplomatic presence in Kabul as of Monday and shifted its operations to Qatar.


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