Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday reaffirmed Pakistan’s long-standing and friendly relations with Iraq and expressed his desire to further enhance the existing bilateral relations in all areas of Pakistan’s cooperation.
The Foreign Minister called on the President of the Republic of Iraq, Dr. Berham Saleh. The Foreign Minister also reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Foreign Minister acknowledged the relentless efforts and sacrifices of Iraq and its people in the fight against terrorism and wished peace, development and prosperity to the people of Iraq.
Qureshi briefed the President on Pakistan’s changed vision of shifting from geography to geo-economics, around economic security. He outlined Pakistan’s desire to present itself as an economic hub through peace, development partnerships and connectivity.
The President agreed that the two countries need to strengthen cooperation in areas of mutual benefit. Praising Prime Minister Imran Khan’s environmental initiatives, he hoped for greater cooperation in this field.
The Foreign Minister and the President also discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest.
Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed the President on the situation in South Asia, especially Pakistan’s views on issues and disputes with India, Pakistan’s continued support for the Afghan peace process, and Pakistan’s continued diplomatic support for the just cause of Palestine. I informed.
He also highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to show solidarity with the Muslim Ummah. He offered Pakistan’s support and cooperation in Iraq’s efforts to rebuild and stabilize the country.
President Saleh warmly welcomed the Foreign Minister and exchanged views with the Pakistani leadership. He thanked the Foreign Minister for his understanding and support of Pakistan.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi is on a three-day bilateral visit to Iraq at the invitation of his Iraqi counterpart.
Earlier, Iraqi Foreign Minister Dr. Fawad Hussein warmly welcomed Qureshi during a meeting in Baghdad.
The two Foreign Ministers held delegation-level talks and then continued their talks on a luncheon hosted by the Iraqi Foreign Minister. After the delegation-level talks, the foreign ministers also made statements to the press.
During the meeting, the two Foreign Ministers reviewed the entire turmoil in bilateral relations. He reaffirmed the long-standing and friendly relations between the two countries, which are rooted in common beliefs, values and culture, and expressed his desire to further enhance bilateral relations.
The two also discussed how global epidemics have exacerbated the various challenges facing developing countries. Stressing that no country alone can control the CoVID-19 epidemic, Qureshi stressed the importance of international co-operation to save lives and livelihoods. He outlined Pakistan’s strategy for managing the epidemic, which includes helping friendly countries such as Iraq, where Pakistan sent three aid planes in March 2021.
Foreign Minister Qureshi stressed the importance of maintaining momentum in high-level and ministerial visits between the two countries and convening the ninth meeting of the Pakistan-Iraq Joint Ministerial Commission soon. The idea of establishing a large framework for consultation at the level of foreign ministers was also discussed. Foreign Minister Qureshi also highlighted the importance of agreements and agreements reached in various fields already by the relevant departments of the two sides.
They discussed bilateral co-operation between multilateral organizations, particularly the United Nations, its affiliates, the Human Rights Council and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Expressing satisfaction over the current cooperation, Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed his desire to establish close partnership with key multilateral organizations to strengthen Pakistan’s mutual support, and effectively promote the common vision of the two countries.
The two Foreign Ministers discussed the regional situation and issues of mutual interest. Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed his counterpart on the situation in South Asia, especially the situation in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan’s efforts to promote peace in spite of the deteriorating environment created by India. He stressed that peace in the region is permanent on the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.
Foreign Minister Qureshi extended a cultural invitation to Foreign Minister Fawad Hussain to visit Pakistan, which was well received.
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