Pakistan calls for responsible drawdown of international troops from Afghanistan
Pakistan on Thursday called for a responsible drawdown of international troops from Afghanistan and said all efforts must be made for the reduction of violence leading to a ceasefire in the war-torn country.
The two leaders discussed various issues, bilateral and international, especially the Afghan peace process, it said.
''He underscored the importance of responsible withdrawal and steady progress by the Afghan parties towards a negotiated political settlement,'' the FO said.
Qureshi said that all efforts must be made for reduction of violence leading to a ceasefire in Afghanistan.
He stressed that the Afghan stakeholders must engage constructively to work out an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political solution, through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process.
He underlined the importance of regular high-level exchanges between Pakistan and Germany and maintaining a steady upward trajectory in the relationship. The two Foreign Ministers reviewed bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic.
Qureshi also highlighted Pakistan's shifting focus from geo-politics to geo-economics, within the perspective of economic security paradigm.
The year 2021 marks the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Germany. A range of events are envisaged by the two governments to celebrate this milestone in a befitting manner, according to FO.
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