Qatari emir appreciates Pakistan's 'positive role' for Afghan stability in meeting with COAS: ISPR

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa called upon Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani during a visit to the Gulf country, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.

Prominent among the discussions held between the two included matters related to achieving a negotiated end to the 17-year Afghanistan conflict, with the emir appreciating “Pakistan’s efforts and the positive role being played by [it] for regional stability including [in] Afghanistan”, according to the military’s media wing.

The army chief thanked Al-Thani for “Qatar’s continued support towards a negotiated political settlement for peace in Afghanistan”, the statement added. The duo also discussed measures to enhance bilateral security cooperation.

According to ISPR, Gen Bajwa also held a meeting with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

The Qatari premier expressed the desire to diversify and broaden cooperation between the countries, including in the realm of security. The army chief “assured him of Pakistan’s full cooperation in all mutual undertakings”, the press release said.

During his visit, the army chief also attended a parade in connection with the National Day of Qatar.