FM commends KSA efforts to resolve GCC differences, regional protracted conflicts

FM arrives in Dushanbe to attend HoA-IP Ministerial Conference

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ISLAMABAD, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Sunday appreciated the steps by Saudi leadership in resolving differences among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, and recent initiative for resolution of issues in Yemen through dialogue and diplomacy.

 

The foreign minister, in a telephonic conversation with the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, underscored Pakistan’s continued support for Saudi efforts aimed at promoting peace, security and prosperity in the region.

 

He also reiterated Pakistan’s support for the Kingdom’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

The Saudi foreign minister acknowledged Pakistan’s continued and steadfast support to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a Foreign Office press release said.

Conveying his profound regards for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Foreign Minister Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s abiding fraternal ties with Saudi Arabia.

He also praised the “Saudi Green Initiative” and the “Green Middle East Initiative” announced by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman terming it a major initiative for reducing global carbon emissions.

The Saudi foreign minister lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ground-breaking measures already taken in Pakistan, in the same arena.

Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed Pakistan’s commitment to augmenting cooperation with the Kingdom in all spheres.

Appreciating the two countries’ collaboration in multilateral organizations, he hoped that this mutual support and partnership would further strengthen in the future.

Reciprocating positively, Prince Faisal expressed readiness to further fortify bilateral cooperation with Pakistan.

The two foreign ministers agreed to maintain steady momentum of high-level exchanges between the two countries.

 

On the other hand, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday left here for Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe to attend the 9th Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) Ministerial Conference being held on March 30.

The Foreign Minister, in a video statement prior to his departure, said he would represent Pakistan at the conference to be participated by 15 countries of the region, 16 supporting States, and 12 regional and international organizations.

Qureshi said he would highlight Pakistan’s role in Afghan peace and the future strategy to contribute to the sustainable stability of the country.

He expressed hope that Pakistan’s role towards peace in Afghanistan would be acknowledged.

The Foreign Minister said he would also hold meetings with his counterparts including Turkey, Iran, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan.

The ministerial meeting will be preceded by the Senior Officials Meeting on March 29. The theme of the Conference is “Strengthening Consensus for Peace and Development.”

During the conference, the foreign minister will deliver a statement highlighting Pakistan’s positive contributions to the Afghan peace process and its support for Afghanistan’s development and connectivity within the regional framework.

On the sidelines of the conference, the foreign minister will hold consultations with key regional and international partners.

Initiated in 2011, the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, is an important platform to promote peace, stability, and prosperity in Afghanistan through regional cooperation, confidence-building measures (CBMs), and dialogue.

Pakistan attaches high importance to this process and has been a regular contributor to the advancement of its objectives. Pakistan is the lead country for Disaster Management and Agriculture Development CBMs under the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process.

In 2015, Pakistan co-chaired the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, along with Afghanistan, and hosted its 5th Ministerial Conference in Islamabad.

During his visit to Dushanbe, the foreign minister will have bilateral engagement with the Tajik leadership.

Besides holding talks with Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Foreign Minister Qureshi will have interaction with other Tajik dignitaries and review the entire gamut of bilateral relations.

Pakistan highly values its close fraternal ties with countries in Central Asia. Pakistan’s relations with Tajikistan are firmly rooted in common faith, shared history, and geographic proximity.

There is a mutual interest in developing close cooperative ties in all areas. Pakistan hopes that the return of peace and stability in Afghanistan would further strengthen its historic links with Central Asia, including Tajikistan.

 

The foreign minister’s visit to Tajikistan will help deepen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields and reinforce the growing partnership between the two brotherly countries.

 

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