Blinken discusses Afghanistan with foreign ministers of Qatar and Pakistan

The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, in telephone calls on Monday, discussed Afghanistan among other issues with the Qatari and Pakistani foreign ministers.

Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Antony Blinken and Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani “discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, developments in the war crisis in Ukraine, and developments in the situation in Afghanistan and ways to support the Afghan people, in addition to the latest developments in the Iranian nuclear agreement.”

Antony Blinken said in a tweet that he had had a “good call” with his Pakistani counterpart, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in which the two men discussed “support for Pakistan’s economic recovery and our shared regional concerns, including Afghanistan.”

In a statement on Tuesday, the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the two men had “discussed the regional security situation, including the threat from terrorism, and reaffirmed their desire to continue close cooperation for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.”

On Monday, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) Chief, Michael Erik Kurilla, met with Pakistan Army Chief, Asim Munir, to discuss regional security, including Afghanistan. Kurilla also recognised Pakistan’s “continued efforts for bringing peace and stability in the region”.