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Afghan interim FM Muttaqi to visit Pakistan for first time

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Kabul: According to officials from both sides, Afghanistan’s Interim Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutaki will visit Pakistan on Wednesday. This is the first visit since the Taliban regained power in Afghanistan and will hold talks with Pakistan’s foreign minister on a wide range of issues.

The Taliban government delegation is here at the invitation of Foreign Minister Qureshi. The Afghan delegation will also attend the two-day “Troika +” meeting on the situation in Afghanistan.

A spokesperson for the Kabul Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that a high-level delegation led by Mutaki will travel to Pakistan on November 10.

“(The) delegation will discuss enhancing ties, economy, transit, refugees & expanding facilities for the movement of people, & will include ministers and working groups from Finance and Trade Ministries,” Balkhi tweeted.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman in Pakistan told reporters in the capital Islamabad that Muttaqi will discuss a string of issues with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi, including bilateral relationships, visas to Afghan nationals, and cross-border movement.

Previously, Pakistan specially invited Mutaki to attend the “Troika+” meeting scheduled to be held in Islamabad on November 11, including Ambassador Mohamed Sadik, Special Representative of Pakistan to Afghanistan, Special Representative of the US State Department and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. Thomas West, the special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, the special envoy of Russia on Afghanistan, and Yue Xiaoyong, the special envoy of China on Afghanistan.

The last meeting was held in Moscow on October 19, but the United States did not attend.

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