Peace in Afghanistan key to regional connectivity: Alvi


President Arif Alvi on Sunday said peace in Afghanistan is key to regional connectivity between members of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).

The President made these remarks while addressing the 15th ECO Heads of State Summit in Turkmenistan.

Alvi noted that the ghost of economic collapse is looming large in Afghanistan due to winter, which could lead to a complete collapse of the war-torn country and push it into chaos again.

He said peace in Afghanistan is essential for peace in ECO countries, adding that the Afghan people must be given particular assistance in the education and health sectors.

“We need to come together to promote economic stability and sustainability in Afghanistan,” Alvi said, adding that the unilateral sanctions worsen human suffering and have adverse consequences for the region.

The president stressed that there is a danger of influx of refugees in case of economic collapse in Afghanistan, adding that Pakistan has done “outstanding work” hosting at least four million refugees during its “difficult times”.

On the prevailing coronavirus situation, Alvi said the ECO states have suffered from the pandemic, resulting in globalized inflation. He added, the government in Pakistan is providing targeted support to the poor to mitigate the impact of inflation.

The President further stated that the ECO must join other developing countries to promote a common development agenda for sustainable growth.

Alvi said Pakistan will propose a development agenda at the next meeting in China, which calls for a complete overhaul of the redistribution of $ 650 billion of SDRs, large concession funding, $ 100 billion to developing countries to fight climate change and end the illegality. flow of. money that impoverished the developing countries as well as the return of stolen possessions.

“An equitable business environment and a fair global tax regime are essential,” he added.
The President also urged the ECO countries to move towards greater virtual integration to increase the trade volume, adding that the ECO states have all the elements necessary for economic growth.

Alvi arrived in the Turkmen capital during a two-day visit to attend the 15th ECO summit.
He also met different heads of state on the side of the ECO summit.

In their meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, both leaders agreed to strengthen bilateral trade and economic cooperation. They agreed to strengthen the ECO to achieve its goals.

The two leaders stressed the need for collective efforts by the region especially of the Muslim countries to stop Islamophobia.

Alvi stressed the need to work together to address the challenges facing the region. He thanked the Turkish president for Ankara’s principled stance on the Kashmir affair.

Meanwhile, Alvi stressed the importance of regular convening of bilateral mechanisms between Pakistan and Iran for trade and economy, also emphasizing the utilization of an exchange-traded mechanism.
He discussed the bilateral relations in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Seyed Ebrahim Raisi.

Alvi congratulated President Raisi on his takeover of the presidency of Iran after his victory in recent elections.

He stressed that Pakistan considers Iran an important Muslim neighbor and brother on the basis of deep-rooted historical, linguistic, religious and cultural ties.

The two leaders expressed satisfaction with the regular high-level interactions that have strengthened different avenues of bilateral cooperation.

President Alvi stressed that Pakistan has given top priority to changing geoeconomic prosperity and regional connectivity.

He thanked Iran’s consistent support for the Kashmir issue, especially from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

Alvi also held a meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and exchanged views on bilateral relations, trade and economic cooperation.

He stressed the need for increased political contacts between Pakistan and Azerbaijan.
In their meeting with his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon, both sides expressed satisfaction with the existing state of bilateral cooperation and reaffirmed a commitment to continue joint efforts for further consolidation of close relations.

President Alvi appreciated the impetus of high-level exchanges including President Rahmon’s visit to Pakistan in June 2021, and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Tajikistan in September this year.

He stressed the importance of deepening trade and investment ties by forging a stronger economic partnership.

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