Resolving remaining issues in talks hinges on US adm. will

TEHRAN, Mar. 30 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Wednesday in a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart in China that resolving remaining issues in the Vienna talks needs the decision on the part of Washington.

 Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Wednesday held a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in China on the sidelines of Afghanistan meeting.

Amir-Abdollahian and Qureshi discussed a number of bilateral issues of mutual interest, Ukraine crisis, the situation in Afghanistan, and the Vienna talks during the meeting.

The Iranian and Pakistani foreign ministers welcomed the development of bilateral relations and agreed to hold high-level meetings this year and hold a joint economic cooperation commission at the earliest opportunity.

They also stressed the need to implement the agreement on border markets as soon as possible.

While supporting international cooperation in helping the Afghan people, both the Iranian and Pakistani sides expressed concerns about the slow pace of decisions that would expand Afghanistan's relations with its neighbors and improve the living conditions of its people.

They also described the deprivation of girls' education as frustrating and said such actions had distanced the Taliban ruling body from the people and international legitimacy.

The two Iranian and Pakistani top diplomats expressed hope that the rulers of Afghanistan would pay serious attention to the real needs of the people in all political, economic and social spheres.

On the Vienna talks, the Iranian top diplomat stated that the solution to the remaining obstacles in the talks depends on the will of the American side.

Turning to the Ukraine war, Amir-Abdollahian rejected the war as a solution to the problems and explained the diplomatic efforts of Iran to prevent the war, assistance to get out of the current situation, and humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian people to his Pakistani counterpart.

Qureshi, for his part, praised Iran's efforts in making peace and providing humanitarian aid to َAfghanistan.

The Pakistani foreign minister also presented his assessments and perceptions of developments in Afghanistan to Amir-Abdollahian.

Amir-Abdollahian also met with Foreign Ministers of Qatar, Turkmenistan and Indonesia on the sidelines of the third foreign ministers meeting of Afghanistan's neighboring countries which is taking place in Tunxi, in China on March 30-31.

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