No improvement in Afghanistan's security situation: Pakistani FM

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - In a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Zarif, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that the security situation in Afghanistan has not improved despite the presence of a significant number of foreign troops there.

During the meeting held on Monday, Zarif and the Pakistani delegation discussed various ways of developing and boosting bilateral relations, including strengthening banking cooperation, transport ties, and expanding mutual cooperation at the joint border areas, especially in their fight against terrorism.

Regional issues of common interest, including the situation of displaced people and refugees, drug trafficking, fight against extremists and terrorist groups, as well as the situation of Muslims in Myanmar, were among the other topics explored by the Iranian foreign minister and his Pakistani counterpart.

Regarding the existing imbalance in the region, the Pakistani FM Khawaja Muhammad Asif spoke of the need to adopt a concrete policy on the situation in the region.

Asif, whose main aim for the visit was to confer with Iranian officials on the US new strategy in Afghanistan which prolongs the presence of American troops for another four years, said that the security situation in Afghanistan has so far not changed much to improve over the past two decades, despite the presence of a significant number of troops from different countries in the south Asian state.

Zarif, for his part, highlighted the efforts of the two countries to further increase the level of political ties, and underlined the necessity of cooperation between the two countries in other sectors, including strengthening of the banking cooperation.

Confronting extremism and active terrorist groups in the region and working together to establish peace, stability and security in Afghanistan through regional and multilateral political talks were among the other issues Zarif touched upon in this meeting.


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