Pak to continue supporting Kashmiris

Pak, Cuba soften visa regime for diplomats, officials


FM seeks enhanced economic cooperation with CubaISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said Pakistan will continue its political, moral, and diplomatic support to oppressed Kashmiris. He was briefing National Assembly’s standing committee on foreign relations here on Wednesday. The Minister said Occupied Kashmir has been under constant curfew for last 87 days, where gross human rights violations are continuing. The committee also deliberated upon various aspects to highlight the ongoing Indian oppression against innocent Kashmiris at the international level.


Foreign Minister Qureshi underlined the need for enhancing economic cooperation and people to people exchanges between Pakistan and Cuba to strengthen bilateral ties.  Talking to Cuban Vice President Roberto Morales Odeja, he said there is enormous potential for Pakistan and Cuba to enhance cooperation in health and agricultural sectors.


Appreciating the Cuban advancement in the field of bio-technology, the Foreign Minister proposed collaboration in research and development for production of life saving vaccines. The Foreign Minister also briefed the Cuban delegation on India’s unilateral and illegal actions of 5 August in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. While highlighting the ongoing sufferings of the innocent people, he encouraged Cuba to raise its voice against the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.


Pakistan and Cuba have signed an agreement to partially withdraw visa condition which would allow diplomats and government officials to travel without having visa.  The agreement was signed at the Foreign Ministry where Interior Secretary Azam Suleman Khan and Cuban Ambassador to Pakistan Gabriel Tiel Capote signed the document here.


On the occasion, Foreign Minister Qureshi and the visiting Cuban vice president Roberto Morales Ojeda were also present. According to the agreement, the people having official passports and diplomatic positions and special passport holders will be allowed to enter into both countries without possessing visas.


The visa agreement will help expand bilateral relations and strengthen trade, cultural and diplomatic ties between the two countries. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the agreement for visa-free entry will further enhance diplomatic, trade and cultural ties between Islamabad and Havana.


Earlier in the day, Cuban Vice President Roberto Morales Ojeda along with his delegation arrived in Foreign Ministry during his visit to Pakistan. The delegation led by Cuba’s VP Ojeda was received by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Ojeda, during his meeting Shah Mehmood Qureshi, discussed Pakistan-Cuba bilateral relations, Kashmir situation and other matters of mutual interests. Both sides agreed on promotion of bilateral cooperation in pharmaceuticals, medicine and bio-technology in the meeting.

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