Senator Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s second largest party, called on Ambassador Jauhar Saleem at the Embassy of Pakistan, Rome. During an hour-long meeting, bilateral relations with particular emphasis on economic cooperation and international issues of mutual interest, including the evolving situation in Afghanistan, came under discussion. Ambassador Saleem and Senator Salvini exchanged views on the possibility of enhanced bilateral engagement, with particular focus on Pakistan’s key role for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. Senator Salvini appreciated Pakistan’s support to a political settlement and inclusive dispensation in Afghanistan. He expressed hope that Italy and Pakistan could work together to strengthen the international cooperation for achieving peace and stability in Afghanistan. The possibility of Italy extending an invitation to Pakistan for participating in the G-20 Summit scheduled to be held in Rome under Italian Presidency also came under discussion. Ambassador Saleem briefed Senator Salvini at length on the historical context of the Afghan conflict and Pakistan’s endeavors over the decades to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan. He hoped that the Taliban’s leadership would keep its commitment regarding protection of fundamental rights and rights of women, and underlined the importance of international community staying engaged with Afghanistan. He underscored that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was integral for promoting regional connectivity and economic development. Senator Salvini expressed his desire to visit Pakistan and exchange views with the Pakistani leadership on fostering greater bilateral cooperation, as well as coordinating efforts towards the two countries’ shared objective of supporting peace and stability in Afghanistan.