Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Russian Vladimir Putin hold talks “focused on the need for peace and stability” in Afghanistan.
Islamabad, Pakistan – The leaders of Pakistan and Russia have held telephone conversations to “coordinate” their position on the situation in Afghanistan, say statements by both governments, ahead of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) later this week.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke on Tuesday, the statements said.
“While exchanging views on the situation in Afghanistan, both sides expressed their interest in coordinating the approaches of both countries in order to stabilize it,” a short Russian statement reads.
The Pakistani statement on the meeting also said that “coordination and close consultations between Pakistan and Russia on developments in the situation in Afghanistan were of crucial importance.”
That statement provided further details on Khan’s comments during the meeting, which focused on the need for peace and stability in Afghanistan and what Pakistan expected from the international community in this regard.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan stressed the need for the international community to continue to engage in Afghanistan,” the Pakistani statement read.
“He stressed that the Afghan people must not be abandoned at this crucial juncture.”
Khan also called for an urgent shipment of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and for measures to be taken to avoid an economic crisis.
On Monday, international donors pledged more than $ 1 billion in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan to address hunger and poverty since the Taliban took over that country last month.
The World Food Program has warned that more than 14 million Afghans could be on the brink of starvation if immediate help is not provided.
Meanwhile, the US Federal Reserve, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have continued to freeze Afghan assets, a move implemented after the Taliban seized power from the elected Afghan government in August.