Pakistan’s foreign minister arrives in Kabul on his first visit after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan – Al-Manar TV website – Lebanon

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Kabul, on his first visit to Afghanistan since the Taliban took control of the country in August, and after weeks of tension over transport links between the two neighboring countries.

In a statement, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said that Qureshi will focus in his talks with his Afghan counterpart Amir Khan Muttaki and other “Taliban” leaders “on ways and means to deepen cooperation in various fields.”

Qureshi’s entourage included the head of the Pakistani intelligence service, Faiz Hamid, who visited Kabul in the immediate aftermath of the city’s fall.

Thursday’s visit comes after long-standing problems at the Chaman border crossing, one of the main commercial crossings between the two countries, which was closed more than two weeks ago causing serious problems for truck drivers and exporters.

Pakistan Airlines, the only international airline that regularly operated in Kabul, suspended its flights last week and complained about Taliban officials’ interference and harassment of its employees.

“The visit of the Foreign Minister reflects Pakistan’s consistent policy of supporting the brotherly Afghan people, deepening bilateral trade and economic relations, and facilitating close people-to-people contacts,” the statement said.

Source: Reuters

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