Pakistan desires meaningful partnership with member countries of EU: FM Qureshi

FM hopes that his visit will strengthen existing relations between Pakistan and Spain, Romania

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MADRID: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived here on a three day visit to Spain on the invitation of Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares Bueno. Pakistan’s ambassador to Spain Shujaat Rathore and officials of the Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the minister.

Besides meeting with his Spanish counterpart, Foreign Minister Qureshi will hold meetings with other Ministers and Members of the Spanish Parliament

A large Pakistani diaspora in Spain serves as a strong bridge between the two countries.

In 2021, Pakistan and Spain celebrated the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations

Romania and Spain are important partners of Pakistan, both bilaterally and in the context of the European Union. The Foreign Minister’s visit will give further impetus to the growing cooperation with these two friendly countries.

Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed the hope that the visit will strengthen existing relations between Pakistan and Spain. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says Pakistan desires meaningful partnership with member countries of the European Union, including Spain. He expressed these views during a banquet he had hosted in honor of think tanks at Pakistan House in Madrid. The Foreign Minister said the government, under its policy of economic diplomacy, is trying to attract the world’s attention towards Pakistan’s rising market of 200 million population and the investment and trade opportunities in the country. He said Pakistan considers Spain as a very important country in bilateral as well as European Union context and there are a lot of opportunities for both countries to enhance bilateral trade and economic cooperation. Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan is continuing its utmost efforts for peace in Afghanistan and the region. He said peace in Afghanistan would promote regional linkages which would prove helpful in achieving our economic targets.

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi undertook an official visit to Romania from 9-10 January 2022, on the invitation of the Foreign Minister of Romania, Bogdan Aurescu.

During the bilateral talks, the two Foreign Ministers reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations. Discussions focused on exploring possibilities to further deepen engagement in different sectors, including commerce & trade, investment, defence, education, labour, science & technology, and culture. It was agreed to hold the next round of Bilateral Political Consultations soon in Islamabad and to revive the Joint Economic Commission. Foreign Minister Qureshi appreciated Romania’s support for Pakistan within the EU, particularly for GSP+ status. Exchanging views on regional issues, the Foreign Minister briefed his Romanian counterpart on Pakistan’s efforts for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and the ongoing human rights violations in IIOJK.

Pakistan and Romania signed two MoUs during the visit relating to Award of scholarships to Pakistani students by Politehnica University of Bucharest; and Cooperation between the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) and Romanian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (RCCI).

The Foreign Minister also called on the Romanian Prime Minister, and reiterated Pakistan’s desire to build a broad-based and substantive relationship with Romania. He thanked Romanian government for announcing gift of 500,000 doses of Covid vaccine. Prime Minister Ciuca appreciated Pakistan’s facilitation in evacuation of Romanian nationals from Afghanistan.

During the Foreign Minister’s meeting with the Romanian Minister for Economy, the two sidesappreciated increasing bilateral trade despite Covidand discussed ways to further enhance economic ties.

 

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