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Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (not pictured) on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, U.S. September 23, 2021. Kena Betancur/Pool via REUTERSISLAMABAD, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Kabul on Thursday for his first visit to the Afghan capital since the Taliban victory in August, following weeks of tension over transport links between the two neighbouring countries. Qureshi will focus in his talks with Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and other Taliban leaders "on ways and means to deepen cooperation in diverse areas", Pakistan's foreign ministry said in a statement. In addition, Pakistan International Airlines, the only international airline that had been operating regularly in Kabul, last week suspended flights, complaining of interference and harassment of its staff by Taliban officials. read more"The Foreign Minister's visit reflects Pakistan's consistent policy of supporting the brotherly Afghan people, deepening bilateral trade and economic relations, and facilitating closer people-to-people contacts," the ministry statement said.
Persons: Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Antony Blinken, Kena, Qureshi, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Faiz Hameed, James Mackenzie, Gareth Jones Organizations: U.S, General Assembly, REUTERS, Pakistan's, Afghan, Pakistan International Airlines, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S, REUTERS ISLAMABAD, Kabul, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kandahar
U.S., Pakistan face each other again on Afghanistan threats
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Kena Betancur | AFP | Getty ImagesThe Taliban's takeover of Kabul has deepened the mutual distrust between the U.S. and Pakistan, two putative allies who have tangled over Afghanistan. With the Biden administration looking for new ways to stop terrorist threats in Afghanistan, it will likely look again to Pakistan, which remains critical to U.S. intelligence and national security because of its proximity to Afghanistan and connections to the Taliban leaders now in charge. But the U.S. wants Pakistani cooperation in counterterrorism efforts and could seek permission to fly surveillance flights into Afghanistan or other intelligence cooperation. The previous Afghan government, which was strongly backed by New Delhi, routinely accused Pakistan of harboring the Taliban. And Central Asian countries north of Afghanistan all face varying degrees of Russian influence.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Kena Betancur, hasn't, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Husain Haqqani, Haqqani, Joe Biden, William Burns, Qamar Javed Bajwa, Gen, Faiz Hameed, Burns, Hameed, Qureshi Organizations: Pakistani Foreign, UN, Assembly, AFP, Getty, U.S, Biden, U.S ., Rep, Illinois Democrat, House Intelligence, Inter - Services Intelligence, Haqqani, Hudson Institute, CIA, Associated Press Locations: New York, Kabul, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Washington, U.S, Islamabad, Illinois, India, New Delhi, Pakistani, Afghan, Persian, Iran
Pakistan’s foreign minister said Friday that the United Nations ambassador from Afghanistan’s toppled government had no standing and that its seat at the 193-member organization should remain vacant for now. He further said that, to his surprise, there had been no sign of a feared descent into civil war in Afghanistan over the Taliban’s victory — at least not yet. Nor had Pakistan seen an influx of Afghanistan citizens surge across the border, he said, while offering the reminder that Pakistan already houses millions of refugees from the protracted upheaval in its western neighbor. “We do not have the capacity to absorb more,” he said. Although Pakistan has erected a security fence along the porous frontier with Afghanistan, Mr. Qureshi said, “the border is open at the moment,” and that “because of that improved situation, people have started to move back.”
Persons: Shah Mahmood Qureshi, , Qureshi Organizations: United Nations, The New York Times Locations: Afghanistan’s, Pakistan, Afghanistan
Live U.N. Live Updates: Biden Pledges to Work Toward ‘Peaceful, Prosperous Future For All’ Covid-19 and climate change are dominating the start of the General Assembly gathering. President Biden called for an era of international cooperation in tackling global threats in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly as president. “Our security, our prosperity and our very freedoms are interconnected, in my view as never before,” Mr. Biden said. The event is a major test of credibility for Mr. Biden, who was among the first to address the 193-member General Assembly. Many officials who had welcomed the election of President Biden — and his pledge that “America is back” — are now expressing concerns.
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U.N. General Assembly: Biden Pledges to Work Toward ‘Peaceful, Prosperous Future For All’ Covid-19 and climate change dominated the start of the General Assembly gathering. President Biden called for an era of international cooperation in tackling global threats in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly as president. The event is a major test of credibility for Mr. Biden, who was among the first to address the 193-member General Assembly. Image The seats reserved for Israel’s delegation sat empty as President Biden addressed the General Assembly on Tuesday. Image Security-related street closures are expected to turn Midtown Manhattan into a labyrinth as the General Assembly meets in person.
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Now, Islamabad has to worry about some of the consequences of the Taliban's success next door, former diplomats and political analysts said. The group will "definitely be encouraged by the success of their brethren in Afghanistan," Haqqani said. Husain Haqqani former Pakistan ambassador to the U.S.Pashtuns are an ethnic group native to Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, Islamabad believes that the Afghan Taliban's ideology emphasizes Islam over Pashtun identity. The Afghan Taliban have yet to denounce the TTP or recognize the Durand Line as the formal border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Persons: Husain Haqqani, Imran Khan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Moeed Yusuf, Haqqani, Husain, Madiha Afzal, David M, Rubenstein, Afzal Organizations: Getty, Pakistan, CNBC, Taliban, Husain Haqqani, Foreign Relations, Afghan Taliban, Brookings Institution, Durand, International, Pakistan's, Haqqani, South, Hudson Institute, U.S, Eurasia Group, Northern Alliance Locations: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Chaman, AFP, U.S, Islamabad, Taliban Pakistan, Pakistani, India, Central Asia, Brookings, Taliban, Eurasia
Wakil Kohsar | AFP | Getty ImagesThe Taliban's swift return to power after two decades has left Afghanistan's neighbors scrambling to figure out how to adjust to a shifting geopolitical outlook, experts told CNBC. PakistanPakistan held a significant amount of leverage and influence over the Taliban in the past, according to Eurasia Group analysts. "India is especially worried because the last time the Taliban were in power, they sheltered pro-Pakistani militants," the analysts said. India's foreign ministry in a statement said it has advised Indian nationals in Afghanistan to immediately return to India. It also said Tuesday that the ambassador to Kabul and his Indian staff will return to India promptly.
Persons: Wakil Kohsar, Joe Biden, Michael Kugelman, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Wilson Center's Kugelman, Hua Chunying, Wang Yi, Sergei Lavrov, Harsh V Pant, Pant, it's Organizations: AFP, Getty, CNBC, Pentagon, U.S, Woodrow Wilson Center, Eurasia Group, Taliban, Twitter, Afghan, Observer Research Foundation, Central, Islamic, ISIS, ISIS . Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Asia, Pakistan Pakistan, Pakistan, India, India India, New Delhi, China, U.S, Beijing, Russia, Xinjiang, Central Asia, Islamic State, Iran
Live Afghanistan Live Updates: Evacuation Flights Resume From Kabul Airport A surge of U.S. troops restored order a day after Afghans mobbed the runway, trying to flee the Taliban takeover. The U.S. Embassy said that it was helping American citizens leave Afghanistan, but urged people to stay away from the airport. A mural of President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Saturday, a day before he fled the country. Unlike Mr. Ghani, most of them had no chance of getting out, and several people died in the chaos. The effort collapsed once word got out that Mr. Ghani had fled, whereupon the Taliban began moving into Kabul in force.
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Live Live Updates: Taliban Promise No Reprisal Killings, but Afghans Are Desperate to Escape A surge of U.S. troops restored order inside Kabul’s international airport a day after Afghans mobbed the runway in a frantic attempt to flee. Afghan security guards trying to maintain order as hundreds gathered outside the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. While the U.S. military on Tuesday restored order within Kabul’s international airport, it was unclear whether Afghans could make it there. In some areas of Afghanistan, women have been told not to leave home without being accompanied by a male relative, and girls’ schools have been closed. John F. Kirby, the chief Pentagon spokesman, said on Tuesday that U.S. citizens could again make their way to the Kabul airport.
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Afghanistan News: Reassurances From Taliban, but Fearful Afghans Look for the Exits A surge of U.S. troops restored order at the Kabul airport a day after Afghans mobbed the runway in a frantic attempt to flee. In some areas of Afghanistan, women have been told not to leave home without being accompanied by a male relative, and girls’ schools have been closed. American men and women would have been fighting and dying once again in Afghanistan.” Mr. Sullivan expressed sadness over the likely plight of women and girls in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Members of the Taliban at their first press conference after they took control of Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday. In some areas of Afghanistan, women have been told not to leave home without being accompanied by a male relative, and girls’ schools have been closed.
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The collapse of the Afghan government and takeover of the country by the Taliban is stirring concern in foreign capitals that chaos and instability engulfing the country could spill over to its neighbors and possibly drive a tide of refugees as far as Europe. Pakistan fears a flood of refugees will try to cross the border between the two countries, adding to some 3 million Afghan refugees already living there because of past violence. Pakistan is considered the country with the most influence over the Taliban because the group’s leadership has been based there since its regime was ousted by the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan. Pakistan’s foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, told his British counterpart Sunday that the “situation in Afghanistan required the international community’s consistent engagement with the Afghan leaders to ensure a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.”China also maintains ties to Taliban leaders. In July, it hosted the group’s political chief, Mullah Abddul Ghani Baradar, for talks near Beijing and has criticized U.S. policy in Afghanistan as destabilizing.
Persons: Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Mullah Abddul Ghani Baradar Organizations: British, Sunday Locations: Europe, Pakistan, U.S, Afghanistan, ” China, Beijing, Kabul
Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab speaks during an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleLONDON, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Britain's foreign minister Dominic Raab on Sunday said he was deeply concerned about the future of Afghanistan and called on the Taliban insurgents to end violence as they entered the capital city Kabul. "Shared my deep concerns about the future for Afghanistan with FM Qureshi," Raab wrote on Twitter, referring to Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. "Agreed it is critical that the international community is united in telling the Taliban that the violence must end and human rights must be protected." Raab is "personally overseeing" the Foreign Office response and will be returning to Britain on Sunday, a spokesperson said in a statement.
Persons: Dominic Raab, Toby Melville LONDON, Raab, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Costas Pitas, Hugh Lawson, Alison Williams Organizations: Britain's, Reuters, REUTERS, Sunday, Qureshi, Twitter, Daily Mail, Times, Thomson Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, Afghanistan, Kabul
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is seen, ahead of an agreement signing between members of Afghanistan's Taliban delegation and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar February 29, 2020. Silsila Alikhil, 26, the daughter of Afghanistan's ambassador to Pakistan, told Pakistani police she was assaulted and held for several hours by unknown assailants on Friday, following which Kabul pulled out its diplomats from Islamabad. Qureshi said Afghanistan should not have pulled out its ambassador and senior diplomats from Pakistan. Earlier on Monday, Afghan Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar complained to Qureshi about the remarks of a senior Pakistani minister, according to a statement from Afghanistan's ministry of foreign affairs. Even the Taliban, whom Kabul alleges is supported by Pakistan - which Islamabad denies - expressed concern at the incident.
Persons: Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Silsila Alikhil, Qureshi, Haneef Atmar, Atmar, Sheikh Rashid, Alikhil, General Qazi Jamil, Rehman, Suhail Shaheen, Umar Farooq, Philippa Fletcher Organizations: Pakistan's, Taliban, U.S, REUTERS, Afghan, Geo, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Alikhil, Twitter, Thomson Locations: Doha, Qatar, ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Islamabad, Afghanistan, Kabul, Pakistani, U.S
An internally displaced Afghan girl carries a child near their shelter at a camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Omar SobhaniISLAMABAD, July 15 (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani meets regional leaders for talks in Uzbekistan on Thursday as deteriorating security in his country raises fears of a new Afghan refugee crisis with neighbouring Pakistan already ruling out taking any more. Pakistan is home to 1.4 million Afghan refugees while Iran hosts nearly a million, according to U.N. refugee agency data from the beginning of the year. TENSE BORDERSLast week, Tajikistan said it took in more than 1,000 civilians fleeing violence in northern Afghanistan's Badakhshan province. It estimates that more than 3 million Afghan children are at risk of acute malnutrition.
Persons: Omar Sobhani, Ashraf Ghani, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Qureshi, Imran Khan, Emomali Rakhmon, Rakhmon, Vladimir Putin, Babar Baloch, Jonathan Spicer, Euan Rocha, Robert Birsel Organizations: REUTERS, Taliban, Ghani's, Pakistani, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, United Nations, World Health Organization, Refugees, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Omar, Omar Sobhani ISLAMABAD, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Tashkent, Iran, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Afghanistan's Badakhshan province, UNHCR, Istanbul
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi listens during a meeting in Manila, Philippines January 16, 2021. Francis Malasig/Pool via REUTERSBEIJING, July 15 (Reuters) - Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi urged Pakistan to investigate a blast on a bus that killed 13 people, including nine Chinese workers, but stopped short of calling it an attack, according to a post on Thursday on the foreign ministry's website. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson called the Wednesday blast a bomb attack later that day but Pakistan said a mechanical failure caused a gas leak that led to the explosion. China is a close ally and major investor in Pakistan and various militants fighting the Pakistani state have in the past attacked Chinese projects. The two spoke in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, on the sidelines of a foreign ministers meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
Persons: Wang Yi, Francis Malasig, Wang, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Yew Lun, Robert Birsel Organizations: China's, REUTERS, Initiative, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, Thomson Locations: Manila, Philippines, REUTERS BEIJING, Pakistan, Khyber, Paktunkhwa, China, Pakistani, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
REUTERS/Ibraheem al Omari/File PhotoPakistan on Monday urged the Taliban to remain engaged in the Afghan peace process after the armed group said it would now shun summits about Afghanistan until all foreign forces leave. The refusal has thrown the peace process into disarray with Turkey scheduled for Saturday to host a summit that diplomats had hoped could create new momentum towards a political settlement between the Taliban and Afghan government. read moreThe Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 when they were ousted by U.S.-led forces, but they still control wide areas. The insurgents have sanctuaries in Pakistan, whose main military-run intelligence service gives them support, according to U.S. and Afghan officials. Qureshi said he feared violence could escalate if the peace process remains deadlocked, plunging Afghanistan into civil war and leading to an exodus of Afghans.
Persons: Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Qureshi Organizations: Pakistan's, Taliban, U.S, REUTERS, Monday, Reuters, Pakistan, Indian, United, Thomson Locations: Doha, Qatar, Pakistan, Afghanistan, States, Abu Dhabi, Turkey, Reuters Pakistan, India, Jammu, Kashmir, New Delhi, United Arab Emirates, Dubai
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