Pakistan, Iran have direct stake in peace and stability in Afghanistan: PM

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Pakistan and Iran have direct stake in peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Talking to Iranian Chief of General Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri in Islamabad today [Wednesday], he said Pakistan wishes to see a peaceful and stable Afghanistan with sustainable economy and promoting connectivity.

The Prime Minister underscored that the international community must remain positively engaged, provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance, and take steps to prevent economic collapse.

He also stressed the need for unfreezing of Afghanistan's financial assets to help support the Afghan people at this critical juncture. 

Imran Khan underscoring the importance of national reconciliation and inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan, emphasized on continued close coordination between Pakistan and Iran from the platform of six neighboring countries of Afghanistan established last month.

The Prime Minister, describing Pak-Iran border as border of 'peace and friendship', underlined the importance of steps taken to strengthen security on both sides and underscored Pakistan's commitment to enhance closer bilateral trade relations as well as economic and energy cooperation.

He appreciated Iran's steadfast support on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, especially by the Supreme Leader, adding that Kashmiris looked forward to Iran's strong voice in support of their just cause.

The Prime Minister conveyed cordial greetings for President Dr Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi and renewed his invitation for him to visit Pakistan.

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