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Afghanistan, Pakistan reinforce ties during foreign ministers meet

Kabul, May 7 (EFE).- The diplomatic head of the Taliban government in Afghanistan, Amir Khan Muttaqi, and his Pakistani foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto reinforced bilateral ties during a meeting in Islamabad on Sunday.

“Afghanistan and Pakistan foreign ministers held a bilateral meeting in Islamabad, and discussed political-economic, commercial, transit relations and the necessary aspects to provide facilities between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” tweeted the deputy spokesperson of the Taliban government foreign ministry, Hafiz Zia Ahmad.

The two ministers had an “efficient discussion about the Afghan refugees in Pakistan, and facilitating easy round trips for traders” across the more than 2,500 kilometers of border they share, Ahmad added.

Muttaqi is in Pakistan to attend a tripartite meeting with his Pakistani and Chinese counterparts, the sixth of its kind since 2017 and the first since the return to power of the Taliban in August 2021.

On the sidelines of the tripartite meeting, Muttaqi met with Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang to discuss “important political, commercial, economic, transit and bilateral issues,” according to the Taliban.

China is one of the few countries to have direct contact with Kabul since the withdrawal of US troops, despite the fact that the Taliban government does not have the recognition of the international community. EFE