Afghan delegation reaches Islamabad for Troika Plus meet

A high-level ministerial delegation of the Taliban government led by the interim Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi arrived in Islamabad for the Troika Plus meeting set to take place on Thursday.

Adviser for Commerce and Investment to Prime Minister Razak Dawood along with other dignitaries received the delegation.

The Troika Plus meeting comes a few days after Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi visited Kabul.

Pakistan is hosting the Troika Plus meeting in Islamabad on Thursday, November 11 with special representatives and envoys for Afghanistan from China, Russian, the US and the Afghan government attending the moot.

“Pakistan attaches high importance to the Troika Plus mechanism on the situation in Afghanistan,” a statement issued by the Foreign Office earlier said.

“Pakistan hopes that deliberations of the Troika Plus meeting would contribute to the ongoing efforts for achieving lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan,” it added.

Earlier confirming Muttaqi’s visit, Afghanistan Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Abdul Qahar Balkhi said that the top Taliban diplomat will hold “follow-up discussions” after the Kabul, Moscow Format and other meetings.

He also stated that the meetings will focus on “political, humanitarian and economic issues” being faced by Afghanistan.

The Troika Plus meeting comes as the new Taliban government struggles with countries refusing to continue giving aid to Kabul.

The United Nations has repeatedly warned that Afghanistan is on the brink of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with more than half the country facing “acute” food shortages and winter forcing millions to choose between migration and starvation.

The new US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, is also due to reach Islamabad later tonight.

It will be Thomas West’s first trip to the region since taking over from Zalmay Khalilzad, the long-serving diplomat who spearheaded the talks that led to the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

courtesy: bolnews.com

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