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Qureshi Hopes Biden Admin Will Take Forward The Gains

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said Pakistan hopes for greater engagement with the new united states government and called on President Joe Biden to follow up on the ongoing Afghan peace process and withdrawal of U.S. Troops from the country.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, the Foreign Minister said he think Biden administration should realize there is an opportunity in Afghanistan and they should persevere with what was initiated and not reverse things.

Pakistan facilitated the intra-Afghan talks and the US-Taliban dialogue and has now called for the us to stick to the agreements.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan has done a lot, we have really bent backward to create an environment to facilitate the peace process.

He said there are elements from outside who do not share our vision, which is a peaceful, stable, prosperous Afghanistan.

The Foreign Minister also called on the us not to view Pakistan’s close ties with china, an economic and political rival to the united states, as a “zero-sum game.

He said that Pakistan was willing to act as a mediator between China and the us, a role it played in 1972 when it facilitated talks to set up a historic visit to Beijing by then-President Richard Nixon.