ISLAMABAD: Chinese Special Envoy for Afghan Affairs Ambassador Yue Xiaoyong met Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday. During the meeting, the two sides reviewed the latest situation in Afghanistan. The foreign secretary shared Pakistan’s perspective, stressing the importance of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan for Pakistan and the region. He added that, in the given situation, safety, security and protection of rights of Afghans as well as stability and an inclusive political settlement were of critical importance. The foreign secretary underlined that the current situation necessitated sustained international engagement with Afghanistan, including for humanitarian assistance and economic sustenance. The foreign secretary also highlighted Pakistan’s support for the evacuation of diplomatic and international organizations personnel, the media and others from Afghanistan. The two sides agreed to maintain close coordination and communication.