Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin are holding talks ‘focused on the need for peace and stability’ in Afghanistan.
The leaders of Pakistan and Russia held telephone talks to “coordinate” their position on the situation in Afghanistan, read statements from both governments, ahead of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) later this week.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke on Tuesday, the statement said.
“While exchanging views on the situation in Afghanistan, both parties have expressed their interest in coordinating the approaches of both countries to stabilize it,” reads a brief Russian statement.
The Pakistani statement on the meeting also said that “close coordination and consultations between Pakistan and Russia on the evolving situation in Afghanistan were of cardinal importance”.
The statement provided more details on Khan’s comments during the meeting, which focused on the need for peace and stability in Afghanistan and what Pakistan expects from the international community in this regard.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan has emphasized the need for the international community to remain involved in Afghanistan,” the Pakistani statement said.
“He stressed that the Afghan people should not be abandoned at this important time.”
Khan also sent an urgent call for humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and that measures be taken to prevent an economic crisis.
International donors on Monday pledged more than $ 1 billion in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan to address hunger and poverty since the Taliban took over the country last month.
The World Food Program has warned that more than 14 million Afghans could be starved to death if immediate aid is not provided.
The US Federal Reserve, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have meanwhile continued to freeze Afghan assets, a measure introduced after the Taliban took power from the elected Afghan government in August.