Pakistan, US and Afghanistan increase diplomatic ties

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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday held a one-on-one meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul where both leaders agreed to join hands for peace and stability in the region.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday refuted the news that Pakistan has expressed its readiness to talk on restoration of India-Afghanistan trade route using Pakistan’s land.

“Pakistan has not agreed to consider Afghanistan-India trade through our land,” the Foreign Office said while quoting Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

The rejection came after US Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass has said that Pakistan is considering resumption of India-Afghanistan trade via its territory.

The Iranian economy has plunged even further since the United States pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and re-imposed sanctions – and the fallout is affecting Iran’s war-torn neighbor, Afghanistan. This is because up to three million Afghan refugees live in Iran, most without legal documents, and many of them are now being forced to return to their strife-ridden country.