FS addresses the High-Level Segment of Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva
Foreign Minister shah Mehmood Qureshi with his counterpart of Poland, exchanged views on Pakistan-Poland relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest
Islamabad: Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood addressed the High-Level Segment of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva in virtual format. In his statement, the Foreign Secretary urged the CD members to enable the forum to deliver on the arms control and disarmament challenges facing the international community by faithful adherence to CD’s foundational principles. He underscored that adherence to international norms, without any distinction or discrimination, remained fundamental for sustainable global and regional international peace and security. He urged the international community to ensure an equitable and balanced approach towards issues of arms control and disarmament based on the principle of equal security for all states. The Foreign Secretary drew attention to the erosion of long-standing arms control agreements, accentuated by policies of exceptionalism in violation of established global norms. He highlighted the serious strains to strategic stability in South Asia, which was being accentuated by discriminatory application of rules and supply of advanced military technologies, weapons and delivery systems to India. The Foreign Secretary apprised the CD members about Pakistan’s vision for a peaceful neighborhood, based on pacific settlement of disputes; no threat or use of force; restraint and responsibility. These ingredients could unlock the region to forge partnerships for trade, investment, energy and digital connectivity, he stressed. The Foreign Secretary called on the international community, including the CD, to pursue confidence-enhancing measures that have transformational potential. An international instrument on negative security assurances, negotiated at the CD, remained such a transformational measure and a gateway to nuclear disarmament. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi had a telephone conversation with the Foreign Minister of Poland, Mr. Zbigniew Rau. The two sides exchanged views on Pakistan-Poland relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest. Recalling his earlier phone conversation with the Polish Foreign Minister last September, the Foreign Minister stated that Pakistan had close ties with Poland and remained committed to further enhancing them across all areas of mutual benefit. Regarding the situation in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed Pakistan’s serious concern and underscored Pakistan’s belief that disputes should be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy.