MOSCOW: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday met Russian Foreign Minister Sergie Lavrov in Moscow to take the country into confidence over the recent meeting between Taliban and the US in UAE which was facilitated by Pakistan.
During the meeting, FM Qureshi and Lavrov discussed bilateral ties between Pakistan and Russia, along with the changing regional situation with special focus on the Afghan reconciliation process.
Qureshi arrived reached Moscow on Wednesday on the final leg of his four-nation tour. Pakistan had earlier arranged peace talks between the Taliban and the US as the latter plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
On the final leg of his tour to regional countries, FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi held discussions with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov @mfa_russia. B/L & Regional situation especially progress on Afghan peace and reconciliation discussed.#Pakforpeace pic.twitter.com/jvjBhRuQbJ
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) December 26, 2018
Earlier, while talking to APP in Beijing, the Foreign Minister said, “all regional countries have appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.”
FM Qureshi visited Afghanistan, Iran and China during his regional outreach and said: “all these countries have endorsed our efforts for resolution of the Afghan issue.”
The foreign minister said the regional countries supported an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, adding that the Chinese side acknowledged Pakistan’s role and assured their complete support for peace and stability in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, FM Qureshi held extensive talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the matter.