Expats a strong bridge of Pak-Oman ties: Qureshi

Foreign Minister to meet UN secretary-general, UNGA president today

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MUSCAT
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said Pakistani expatriates in Oman were significantly contributing to the country’s social and economic development, besides acting as a strong bridge of bilateral relations. Talking to media here at Muscat International Airport before departing for home, the foreign minister said hard work and diligence of around 0.27 million Pakistani communities had proved instrumental in further strengthening ties between the two countries.
He lauded the Pakistani community in Oman for playing an important role in construction and service sectors. Foreign Minister Qureshi, who arrived in Muscat to offer condolences on the death of Oman’s ruler Sultan Qaboos Bn Al Said, said the deceased was held in high esteem in the region for his impartial approach and balanced foreign policy.
Qureshi mentioned historic relations between Pakistan and Oman and recalled that the father of Sultan Qaboos was a graduate of Military Command and Staff College, Quetta. He also informed reporters about conveying Prime Minister Imran Khan’s invitation to Oman’s new Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al Said to visit Pakistan and expressed hope that high-level interaction would strengthen bilateral relations.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has met the new ruler of Oman, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said, and condoled the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said on behalf of the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan. Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who is on a visit to Oman, met Sultan Haitham and condoled over the demise of one of the Middle East’s longest-serving rulers, Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
The foreign minister said Pakistani government and nation are grieving over the death of Sultan Qaboos, who was known as a peace-loving and wise leader. During his era, Oman achieved exemplary development and Pakistan lost a sincere friend after Sultan Qaboos’ demise. Qureshi also prayed for the peace of departed soul of the late Oman ruler. The foreign minister arrived in Oman on Monday to condole over the death of the country’s ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
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Foreign Minister Qureshi, who is currently on a mission aimed at defusing the tensions between Iran and the United States, is arriving in New York today morning to meet UN leaders before proceeding to Washington. During his stay, the foreign minister will meet UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the President of the UN General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande. He is set to depart for Washington Wednesday evening.
At the regular briefing Tuesday, UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric confirmed the UN chief’s meeting with the foreign minister tomorrow afternoon, saying it was taking place at the request of the Pakistani Mission. Responding to questions, the spokesman said that the secretary-general had been advocating dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve their outstanding problems and that any solution should take into account the human rights situation in Kashmir.
The foreign minister has already visited Iran and Saudi Arabia where he meet leaders of the two countries in an effort to ease tensions in the region after the killing of top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike. Qureshi embarked on the mission as tensions mounted across the Middle East following the 62-year-old general’s death in Iraq, and Iran’s admission that it shot down an airliner by mistake, killing 176 people on board.

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