Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday underscored that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is vital for Pakistan and the regional stability, stressing that the international community has the responsibility to stand by Afghan people and support them economically as well as to help rebuild the country. The prime minister held a telephone conversation with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The two leaders had a detailed discussion on the latest situation in Afghanistan. The prime minister emphasized the need to address the urgent humanitarian needs and take steps to ensure economic stability of Afghanistan. Both the leaders agreed on the importance of an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan. It was further agreed that the international community must step up its engagement in order to avert any humanitarian and refugee crises. The two leaders also discussed bilateral relations. The prime minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s desire to further fortify the historic fraternal ties with Saudi Arabia and reaffirmed the country’s support for the Kingdom’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Recalling the two historic initiatives recently announced by the crown prince to tackle the adverse impacts of climate change and environmental degradation, the prime minister thanked the crown prince for inviting him to participate in the launch ceremony of the Middle East Green Initiative (MGI), scheduled in Riyadh in October this year. The prime minister and the crown prince agreed to work together to further augment and diversify bilateral ties in all spheres. The prime minister also had a telephonic conversation with Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and exchanged views on the evolving situation in Afghanistan. Prime Minister Imran Khan underscored that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was in vital interest of Pakistan and the region. He underlined that after 40 years of conflict and instability, there is an opportunity to establish lasting peace in Afghanistan. The prime minister emphasized that the world community must remain positively engaged and support the Afghan people at this crucial juncture. This, he stressed, was crucial to avert humanitarian and refugee crises in the country. The prime minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s desire to further strengthen political and economic partnership with Qatar. The two leaders agreed to remain in close contact on bilateral matters as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan had a telephone call with Mohamed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. The two leaders exchanged views on the issues of bilateral interest as well as regional developments, in particular the latest situation in Afghanistan. On the latest situation in Afghanistan, Imran Khan underscored that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was in vital interest of Pakistan and the region. He underlined that an inclusive political settlement was the best way forward to ensure safety and security of the rights of Afghanis. The prime minister congratulated the crown prince for making excellent arrangements for the upcoming Expo 2020. Meanwhile, PM Khan condemned snatching of the body of late veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Geelani and then registering cases against his family as “just another shameful example of India’s descent into fascism” under the Nazi-inspired RSS-BJP government. “Snatching the body of the 92 year old Syed Ali Geelani, one of the most respected & principled Kashmiri leaders, & then registering cases against his family is just another shameful example of India’s descent into fascism under the Nazi-inspired RSS-BJP govt”, Imran Khan said in a tweet.