Pakistan foreign minister meets Afghan Taliban amid border concerns

Pakistan foreign minister meets Afghan Taliban amid border concerns

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“Several bilateral issues of common interest including education, health, trade and investment, regional connectivity, people-to-people contact and cooperation in socioeconomic projects were discussed,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement.

A statement from Afghanistan’s foreign ministry said Muttaki also raised the issue of expediting trade and transit and facilities for travelers between the two countries, as well as the release of Afghan prisoners in Pakistan.

Pakistan this month reopened a key Afghan border crossing that had been closed to trade and transit following clashes between security forces on both sides.

Some on social media highlighted the fact that a woman was leading Pakistan’s delegation at a time when UN and Western officials called on the Taliban to change course on women’s rights.

Other high-profile visits have included Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and former Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, although the Taliban have met female diplomats and UN officials since taking power last year.

In March the Taliban did a U-turn on signals that they would open high schools nationwide for girls and recently announced that women would not be able to access public parks.

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