ISLAMABAD: European Union Ambassador to Pakistan Androulla Kaminara said on Saturday Pakistan's needs to be congratulated for its role in evacuating European nationals from Afghanistan.
Since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban on August 15, Pakistan has facilitated the evacuation of 16,000 diplomats, foreigners, aid workers, journalists and vulnerable Afghans on its national flag carrier flights and through its land borders.
"Pakistan needs to be congratulated," Kaminara told the state-owned broadcaster Radio Pakistan. "When a lot of European citizens needed to be evacuated, we have found a partner in Pakistan which was helpful and we are grateful for the support that we had."
She also highlighted Pakistan's key role in facilitating humanitarian aid for Afghanistan.
The EU recognition comes as United States has not recognized Islamabad's support and assistance in dealing with turmoil in the neighboring country since the Taliban took over power.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said last week that Pakistan extended full help to the US in negotiations with the Taliban and during the withdrawal of its troops and people from Afghanistan.
"United States has not recognized Pakistan's supportive role during Afghanistan-related developments," he told reporters in New York, adding that Pakistan would continue to assist in the distribution of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and was ready to become a hub in this regard.