FMs of Pakistan, Turkmenistan discuss bilateral, regional issues

FM lauded the President of Tunisia for his leadership role over the regional peace, stability and Tunisia’s role as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council during the last two years

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Islamabad: Minister for Foreign Affairs Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and exchanged views on bilateral relations and important regional and international issues.

Foreign Minister Qureshi stressed on increasing trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Turkmenistan. The two ministers agreed to make the economic framework more effective and decided to have an early meeting of the Joint Economic Commission of the two countries. Qureshi said promotion of regional contacts for achieving economic targets was among our priorities.

He emphasized on enhancing air, rail and land links between the two countries, adding increasing people to people contacts for a stable bilateral relationship was of paramount importance for Pakistan. They reviewed the progress on the implementation of the TAPI gas pipeline project.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi congratulated his counterpart on Turkmenistan’s chairmanship of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and for holding of the 15th summit of ECO. They expressed resolve to continue efforts to bring Afghanistan out of economic crisis and for providing the country humanitarian assistance.

They concurred to expand bilateral cooperation on regional and international forums and agreed to deepen bilateral ties in different sectors.

Likewise, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday said that Pakistan attached high significance to its brotherly and historic ties with Tunisia.

The foreign minister was talking to Tunisian Ambassador to Pakistan Borhene El Kamel who called on him.

The foreign minister also lauded the president of Tunisia for his leadership role over the regional peace and stability and Tunisia’s role as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council during the last two years.

He thanked the Tunisian government for its principled stance and support as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council over the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

Foreign minister Qureshi also acknowledged Tunisian cooperation at the OIC and multilateral fora regarding interfaith harmony, peaceful co-existence, Jammu and Kashmir issue and Islamophobia, besides other global matters.

Meanwhile, to another official commitment, Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday said the special committee for preparing a readmission and return agreement with the United Kingdom had formed its recommendations and would put them before the federal cabinet.

Talking to media here, he said the federal cabinet constituted a special committee for a readmission and return agreement with the United Kingdom. The committee members met for the second time and exchanged views on the issue and all the departments gave their input. To a question, Qureshi said, “We have an agreement with the European Union.” Britain was part of the European Union but as it parted ways with EU it told Pakistan that the two countries should again have a readmission agreement, he added.

 

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