Meeting of the Moscow Format, Moscow, 20 October 2021

3rd Meeting of the Moscow Format was held today in Moscow. The meeting, hosted by Russia, was attended by China, Pakistan, Iran, India, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and a high-level Afghan delegation.
Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ambassador Muhammad Sadiq, represented Pakistan at the meeting. In his statement, the Special Representative thanked Russia for hosting the third round of the meeting. He conveyed that Pakistan’s constructive role in the Afghan peace process is well-recognized and acknowledged by the international community.
Ambassador Sadiq highlighted that peace in Afghanistan will benefit the entire region in terms of stability, secure borders, enhanced connectivity, return of refugees and countering terrorism. He emphasized that there was urgent need to extend humanitarian support to Afghanistan for which international community must step up its efforts. Ambassador Sadiq underscored the importance of aid and economic assistance to avert humanitarian and financial crisis in the war torn country.
Special Representative reiterated Pakistan’s firm belief that peace goes hand in hand with prosperity and economic stability. He emphasized that after all these years, the people of Afghanistan need and deserve peace, progress and prosperity. And the international community must generously help them to walk on that path.

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